Criminologist: The main purpose of most criminal organizations is to generate profits. The ongoing revolutions in bi...

Jessica on January 22, 2019

I don't understand

Why it is D and not B

5 Replies

Michelle on January 25, 2019

Thanks for your question @Jessica-Killeen

The question stem asks us to identify an assumption which would allow us to properly infer the criminologist's argument. That means that our answer choice would guarantee the truth of the conclusion.

Here the criminologist's conclusion is: "Criminal organizations will undoubtedly try to become increasingly involved in in these areas."

Answer choice B does support the conclusion, but it does not guarantee the conclusion. Just because criminal organizations will become aware of the profits to be gained in this area, does not necessarily mean that they will choose to enter this industry. There are plenty of other ways to make profits.

Answer choice D guarantees the conclusion. First, we have ANY organization whose main goal is to generate profits. We know from the stimulus that this category of organizations includes organized crime. Next, we have ANY technical revolution that promises to generate enormous profits. The stimulus also tells us that this category of technical revolutions includes the ongoing revolutions in biotechnology and information technology. So "Any organization whose main purpose is to generate profits (including organized crime) will try to become involved in any technical revolution (including those in biotechnology and information technology) that promises to generate enormous profits."

Jessica on January 31, 2019

Thank you!

Ravi on January 31, 2019

@Jessica-Kelleen We're happy to help! Let us know if you have any more questions!

Ravi on January 31, 2019


Anthony on December 30 at 07:09PM

I don't understand, I thought we were only talking about criminal organisations and not any organization, isn't this out of scope? or is this generally ok for sufficient assumption questions?