CHALLENGE: Explain Away an Argument Lapse

In these questions you’ll find a stimulus exhibiting faulty reasoning, and you have to explain how it could be true. Essentially, you are supplying a premise to strengthen the overall argument.

  • Which of the following, if true, explains the behavior of the lion mothers as described above?
  • Each of the following could explain the statistical claim cited above, EXCEPT:

How to solve

  1. Read the argument and find the apparent discrepancy, lapse, or contradiction.
  2. State the apparent discrepancy, lapse, or contradiction in your own words.
  3. Use POE (the process of elimination). The best answer will explain how both sides of the paradox, discrepancy, or contradiction can be true. Eliminate answers that are out of scope.
  4. Common trap choices:
    • Information that denies (doesn’t explain) the phenomenon that the question wants you to explain.
    • Statements that explain something but are not specifically in reference to material in the stimulus.

Intro (0:01) | Ex.1 (2:55) | Ex.2 (6:44) | Trap Choices (13:25)
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