QUESTION TEXT: Lawyer: Did Congleton assign the best available…
QUESTION TYPE: Flawed Reasoning – Exception
CONCLUSION: The lawyer claims that the witness lied when they said that Congleton wanted the project to fail.
REASONING: The lawyer got the witness to admit that Congleton assigned the best graphic artist and writer to the project and in fact everyone Congleton assigned was top notch.
ANALYSIS: The correct answer describes a necessary condition for the project’s failure. But we don’t even know if the project failed. The question actually isn’t relevant: we’re just trying to figure out whether the witness was lying.
- In that case, Congleton would have had to appoint the best people even though she wanted the project to fail.
- CORRECT. We don’t even know if the project did fail. We’re just trying to determine whether or not Congleton wanted it to. This gives us no info about that.
- It’s possible that Congleton tried to cleverly sabotage the project (by appointing a team that would fight amongst themselves) while making it look like she did everything to make it succeed (by appointing the “best” people.)
- To tell a lie you have to know that you’re not telling the truth. The witness may simply have been mistaken, in which case the lawyer’s conclusion is wrong.
- The best people can’t do much without time or resources.
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