QUESTION TEXT: Lydia's argument proceeds by (A) dismissing potentially…
QUESTION TYPE: Method of Reasoning
CONCLUSION: Lydia concludes that squirrels are likely after sugar.
REASONING: Lydia examines what she thinks is the only alternative, and dismisses it.
ANALYSIS: Lydia makes a decent argument. She just says that squirrels are “probably” after sugar. She’s open to the possibility of another reason.
- This means: ignoring information that could prove her wrong. Lydia didn’t consciously do that.
- This would be: all squirrels go after sugar. So this squirrel must go after sugar. Lydia didn’t make that kind of argument.
- This would be like B. “I can see this squirrel is making a hole in the bark. He must be after sugar.”
- Tell me, what “well-understood phenomenon” does Lydia make an analogy to?
- CORRECT. Lydia squirrels aren’t after water and therefore they must be after sugar.
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