QUESTION TEXT: Columnist: Almost anyone can be an expert,…
QUESTION TYPE: Sufficient Assumption
CONCLUSION: Almost anyone can be an expert.
REASONING: There are no official rules for being an expert. Anyone is an expert if they can convince some people that they have qualifications in an area.
ANALYSIS: We don’t know if almost anyone can actually convince people of their expertise. If they could then this would be a good argument.
- CORRECT. If this is true, then those people (“almost anyone”) can be experts.
- The conclusion is that almost anyone can be an expert. It doesn’t matter what people can do once they are experts.
- This would weaken the argument that almost anyone can be an expert. Not everyone has qualifications.
- This doesn’t even have to be true, based on the stimulus. Convincing people was a sufficient condition but not a necessary condition. This doesn’t help show that almost anybody can be an expert.
- “Some” people could be as few as 2-3. This doesn’t let us conclude that almost anyone can become an expert.
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