QUESTION TYPE: Method of Reasoning
CONCLUSION: People shouldn’t necessarily get rid of the tendency to make mistakes about how happy a future event will make them.
REASONING: Everyone sees certain things wrong (such as parallel lines) but it would be a mistake to get a surgeon to fix that.
ANALYSIS: This is an interesting argument. It’s saying that if we share an error with the entire population then we should not get rid of that error.
- There was no such event mentioned. The stimulus is just describing how people tend to perceive things.
- The argument is not undermining any “theory.” It’s just pointing out that there might be good reason not to alter our perceptions.
- CORRECT. This is an argument by analogy. We see things wrong and we perceive the future wrong. Since it would be a mistake to fix our vision then by analogy it might also be a mistake to fix our perception.
- The argument is saying that change is not reasonable.
- Actually the stimulus uses a particular situation (not fixing eyesight) to argue against a general course of action (not changing your perceptions.) There are many different ways we could try to change how we perceive the future.
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