Some people believe that witnessing violence in movies will discharge aggressive energy. Does watching someone else e...

Antionette on December 24, 2013

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Why is D correct?

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Melody on January 3, 2014

Let's break down the argument:

"Some people believe that witnessing violence in movies will discharge aggressive energy. Does watching someone else eat fill one's own stomach?" Notice that the argument is refuting the first belief (i.e. believing that witnessing violence in movies will discharge aggressive energy), by showing the ridiculousness of an analogous situation (i.e. watching someone else eat fills one's own stomach).

Answer choice (D) similarly refutes the belief that some people have that economists can control inflation, by showing how an analogous belief is ridiculous, i.e. that meteorologists have the ability to make the sun shine.

Just as in the stimulus, a belief is being refuted through showing the ridiculousness of an analogous situation.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Anthony on September 21, 2015

Can you break down this question so I can see how it's written out?

Melody on September 24, 2015

Please refer to the thread before this for an explanation of he argument.

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.