Some people claim that every human discovery or invention is an instance of self–expression. But what they seem to i...

Batman on January 6, 2015


Could you please explain why (C) strengthen the reasoning on the stimulus???I got the right answer though, I don't clearly get to know why (c) is the best answer. Thanks,

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Naz on January 7, 2015

The conclusion of the argument is: "until they can give us more interesting interpretation of their claim, we are not obliged to take their claim seriously."

Why? We know that some people make the claim that every human discovery or invention is an example of self-expression. But, the argument points out that anything we do is self-expressive, and therefore, these peoples' claim is trivial.

The gap here is why are we to regard something as not serious if it is trivial or does not give us a more interesting interpretation of a claim? We have not been given information as to how these two things are related.

Answer choice (C) helps us fill this gap.

(C): "No claims that are trivial are worthy of serious consideration."

(C): T ==> not SC
SC ==> not T

We are told that these peoples' claim is trivial. So, answer choice (C) helps support the conclusion that, therefore, the claim is not worthy of serious consideration.

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

Batman on January 8, 2015

Thanks a lot!!!^^

@chris_va on September 26, 2019

How do you know when it's ok to make a selection that uses language not found in the passage. I was considered with the use of special consideration

Irina on September 26, 2019


It is not necessary for the correct answer to use identical language, "serious consideration" or "give serious consideration" are synonymous with "taking something seriously". As long as the overall meaning is the same, the exact language used is less important.

Let me know if you have any other questions.