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# When hypnotized subjects are told that they are deaf and are

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When hypnotized subjects are told that they are deaf and are then asked whether they can hear the
hypnotist, they reply, “No.” Some theorists try to explain this result by arguing that the selves of
hypnotized subjects are dissociated into separate parts, and that the part that is deaf is dissociated
from the part that replies.
Which of the following challenges indicates the most serious weakness in the attempted explanation
described above?
(A) Why does the part that replies not answer, “Yes”?
(B) Why are the observed facts in need of any special explanation?
(C) Why do the subjects appear to accept the hypnotist’s suggestion that they are deaf?
(D) Why do hypnotized subjects all respond the same way in the situation described?
(E) Why are the separate parts of the self the same for all subjects?

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05 Oct 2010, 11:05
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If the part that replies is dissociated from the part that is deaf, then the part that replies is not deaf and can hear the hypnotist and should answer 'yes'.
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When hypnotized subjects are told that they are deaf and are then asked whether they can hear the
hypnotist, they reply, “No.” Some theorists try to explain this result by arguing that the selves of
hypnotized subjects are dissociated into separate parts, and that the part that is deaf is dissociated
from the part that replies.
Which of the following challenges indicates the most serious weakness in the attempted explanation
described above?
(A) Why does the part that replies not answer, “Yes”?
(B) Why are the observed facts in need of any special explanation?
(C) Why do the subjects appear to accept the hypnotist’s suggestion that they are deaf?
(D) Why do hypnotized subjects all respond the same way in the situation described?
(E) Why are the separate parts of the self the same for all subjects?

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OG question, eh!!!

Well!!!

I feel the most important weakness of the explanation is that why the dissociated part answered anything in the first place if the part that hears was also dissociated and couldn't communicate with the part that replies. Any reply can come out only when there is an association between the part that hears and the part that replies, which directly contradicts the explanation that these parts were dissociated. Thus, the very act of answering is a weakness the weakness of the explanation.

And then, comes the question why the part that replies always replied "No" and not "yes".

Second confusion is; how is "A" any different from "D".
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05 Oct 2010, 10:33
A seems more logical question to ask to reveal the weakness in explanation.
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05 Oct 2010, 18:39
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05 Oct 2010, 21:26
Nice one. I arrived at by POE.
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21 Apr 2011, 01:28
A is the logical solution for this question. pretty straight forward huh?
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21 Apr 2011, 01:49
if the parts are dissociated, why does the part which is not deaf and is answering answers that it cannot hear?
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21 Apr 2011, 01:53
vivesomnium wrote:
if the parts are dissociated, why does the part which is not deaf and is answering answers that it cannot hear?

That is the logic behind choosing option A because, the part which is not deaf can answer anything and there is no certainty that it will answer a "NO". Hence this make the argument weak.
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21 Apr 2011, 02:36
Clearly A!
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25 Apr 2011, 08:40
the answer is A , but i could not understand what E means in the context.
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26 Apr 2011, 06:21
Nice question..
ankitranjan wrote:
When hypnotized subjects are told that they are deaf and are then asked whether they can hear the
hypnotist, they reply, “No.” Some theorists try to explain this result by arguing that the selves of
hypnotized subjects are dissociated into separate parts, and that the part that is deaf is dissociated
from the part that replies.
Which of the following challenges indicates the most serious weakness in the attempted explanation
described above?
(A) Why does the part that replies not answer, “Yes”?
(B) Why are the observed facts in need of any special explanation?
(C) Why do the subjects appear to accept the hypnotist’s suggestion that they are deaf?
(D) Why do hypnotized subjects all respond the same way in the situation described?
(E) Why are the separate parts of the self the same for all subjects?

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15 Jun 2011, 08:48
Except A nothing really fits in.
Clean A indeed.
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Re: When hypnotized subjects are told that they are deaf and are [#permalink]

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22 Nov 2011, 02:11
Hi

I know the OA but I am curious as to why is it no C

(C) Why do the subjects appear to accept the hypnotist’s suggestion that they are deaf?

as per Q - When hypnotized subjects are told that they are deaf and are then asked whether they can hear the hypnotist, they reply, “No.” i.e. if they cannot hear -> they are deaf (or for the time being)?

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10 Jan 2012, 04:06
A it is.
@Melguy,C is out of scope as we do not have to weaken the theory of hypnotism that is accepted as true in this argument!
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10 Jan 2013, 07:07
Damn tough question ... all the options looked weak to me until i read the post ...
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27 Jan 2013, 02:11
hare one.
lets try

there is a causal
separateness of part causes the reply of "no".

prethink:
assumption is that separateness dose not cause the reply of "yes"
flaw: separeatenes can causes the reply of "yes"

A match.

however. this is tough.
the process of prethinking is not normal because the conclusion and evidence is not clear. this is the way gmat make cr question harder.

I do not know how to deat with this type of question. the practice is meaningless if we do not khow the skill.

excepts for inference and bold phrase questions, I alway prethink an assumption before going to answer chocies. I think prethink is a good weapon which protect us from traps in answer choices.

pls comment.
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26 Feb 2013, 06:02
(A) is correct
This question is so simple and only depends on your logical sense.
If hypnotized person is deaf then how hear your question and respond to you????!!!!!!!
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