Critical Reasoning

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Fallacies

Posted on Apr 8, 2011

AD HOC RESCUE Psychologically, it is understandable that you would try to rescue a cherished belief from trouble. When faced with conflicting data, you are likely to mention how the conflict will disappear if some new assumption is taken into account. However, if there is no good reason to accept this saving assumption other than that it works to save your cherished belief, your rescue is an ad hoc rescue. Example: Yolanda: If you take four of these tablets of vitamin C every day, you will never get a cold. Juanita: I tried that last year for several months, and still got a cold. Yolanda: Did you take the tablets every day? Juanita: Yes. Yolanda: Well, I’ll bet you...

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Critical Reasoning Basics

Posted on Apr 8, 2011

Critical Reasoning questions are designed to test one’s logic and reasoning skills. The questions will be based on a given “Argument” (An argument, as used on the GMAT, is a presentation of facts and opinions in order to support a position) The arguments can come from various walks of life (sociology, philosophy, science, etc) No familiarity with the content is tested or is required, but reading the Editorials of good newspaper will help. With that let’s start GMATing the CR! THE JOB OF A CRITIC Familiarize yourself with the concepts tested.¬†Make yourself aware of all the question stems. One very good way to learn about the logical patterns is...

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