RC Discussion for CAT 2011

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It is not that Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution are unknown in Alexandria, Egypt. But even among those who profess to know something about the subject, the common understanding is that Darwin said man came from monkeys. Darwin, of course, did not say man came from monkeys. He said the two share a common ancestor. But to discuss Darwin anywhere is not just to explore the origin of man. It is inevitable to engage in a debate between religion and science. That is why, 150 yeas after Darwin published "On the origin of species," the British Council, the cultural arm of the British government, decided to hold an international conference on Darwin in this conservative, Sunni Muslim nation. It was a first.

"A lot of people say his theories are wrong, or go against religion," said Martin Davidson, chief executive of the British Council. "His ideas provoke, but if we are going to understand each other, we have to discuss things that divide us."

Darwin may be misunderstood here, but in many ways that is but one symptom of a more fundamental problem with education in Egypt and around the region. In a culture that prizes and nurtures conformity, challenging conventions and beliefs is anathema, said writers, political scientists, social workers, students and educators inside and outside the conference. Education here is based on rote memorisation with virtually no emphasis on creative thinking. Few schools here even teach the theory of evolution.

For example, once considered the intellectual capital of the Arab world, Egypt was recently ranked 124th of 133 countries in the quality of its primary education by the World Economic Forum, based in Switzerland. Other global assessments have provided equally dismal results.

Indeed, many people, including some of the 150 scientists and scholars in attendance at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina this month, were somewhat surprised that the government even agreed to allow the conference. It was unlike the leadership here to permit public discussion of ideas that challenge religious thinking and the national curriculum, or promote critical thinking they said.

The British Council framed the conference to seek middle ground, more than to promote confrontation. While challenging a religious society to think seriously about evolution, it emphasised the possibility of reconciling a belief in divine creation with Darwin's theories of evolution and natural selection. That was a position that many students here said they were comfortable with.

"Darwin's theory of species says nothing about the appearance of life - or about the origins of the universe," read panel number 7, in an evolution of man exhibition put on display during the conference. "It is perfectly plausible to uphold a scientific account of how natural laws allowed the universe and life to develop and to believe that a deity created those laws. "Judging from public comments made during the gathering, the effort to reconcile faith and science left avowed atheists in the audience frustrated and did little to convince the religious fundamentalists.
49. From the last sentence of the passage, it can be inferred that the Bibliotheca Alexandrina conference (1) failed miserable in its objective. (2) failed in its efforts to eradicate religious fundamentalism. (3) failed to reconcile faith and science. (4) failed to convince the extreme ends of the religious spectrum.


50. The author attributes the unacceptance of Darwin's theory in Egypt to (1) religious fanaticism. (2) hold of religion over education. (3) education impervious to creative thinking. (4) absence of scientific temper among the public.


51. The author says that to discuss Darwin is to engage in a debate between science and religion probably because (1) The tenets of religion clash with the theory of evolution. (2) Darwinsim is anti-religious. (3) the theory of evolution demeans God. (4) Science and religion have always been at loggerheads.

OA will be provided tomorrow. do explain your answers

49. Confused between 1 and 3. Objective of the conference was reconciling a belief in divine creation with Darwin's theories of evolution and natural selection.
so answer can be 1) also.

50. the most suitable answer is 3. clear from paragraph 3.

51. ans is 1.
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Set 355:

My answer is option C.

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My answer is C...
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SET 355

One crucial consequence of the fact that science is a social activity is the demolition of the legendary belief that it is an entirely amoral, intellectual game of problem-solving. On this view, scientists are desiccated calculating machines, whose work is determined solely by meter readings and what they can deduce from them. The truth is very different. Far from being amoral and coldly logical, science actually generates values. These include intellectual humility, an unusually acute regard for honesty, respect for the revolutionary and the apparent crank, and stress on the importance of co-operation. These are not optional extras for the scientist; they arise directly out of the pursuit of science. The degree to which a scientist lives by them will be reflected in the health of the scientific community and in an individual scientist's long term success in his trade. Even the most inveterate liar must, if he is to succeed in science, cultivate a deep respect for the truth when he is about his work.

Q)The author stoutly refutes the notion that science is an amoral, intellectual game of problem solving by

a)pointing out that scientists are calculating machines whose work is determined by accurate meter readings.

b)stating that science is a social activity.

c)showing how the inexorable, self-correcting movement will purge science of falsehood

d)listing the traits of a true scientist and providing that liars can never pursue science.


my take is option C...
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SET 355

One crucial consequence of the fact that science is a social activity is the demolition of the legendary belief that it is an entirely amoral, intellectual game of problem-solving. On this view, scientists are desiccated calculating machines, whose work is determined solely by meter readings and what they can deduce from them. The truth is very different. Far from being amoral and coldly logical, science actually generates values. ...........

Q)The author stoutly refutes the notion that science is an amoral, intellectual game of problem solving by

a)pointing out that scientists are calculating machines whose work is determined by accurate meter readings.

b)stating that science is a social activity.

c)showing how the inexorable, self-correcting movement will purge science of falsehood

d)listing the traits of a true scientist and providing that liars can never pursue science.


My take is d..Whats the OA ?
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is it D ??

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SET 355

One crucial consequence of the fact that science is a social activity is the demolition of the legendary belief that it is an entirely amoral, intellectual game of problem-solving. On this view, scientists are desiccated calculating machines, whose work is determined solely by meter readings and what they

d)listing the traits of a true scientist and providing that liars can never pursue science.

my take is d.....
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SET 355

One crucial consequence of the fact that science is a social activity is the demolition of the legendary belief that it is an entirely amoral, intellectual


option c ?????
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SET 355

One crucial consequence of the fact that science is a social activity is the demolition of the legendary belief that it is an entirely amoral, intellectual game of problem-solving. On this view, scientists are desiccated calculating machines, whose work is determined solely by meter readings and what they can deduce from them. The truth is very different. Far from being amoral and coldly logical, science actually generates values. These include intellectual humility, an unusually acute regard for honesty, respect for the revolutionary and the apparent crank, and stress on the importance of co-operation. These are not optional extras for the scientist; they arise directly out of the pursuit of science. The degree to which a scientist lives by them will be reflected in the health of the scientific community and in an individual scientist's long term success in his trade. Even the most inveterate liar must, if he is to succeed in science, cultivate a deep respect for the truth when he is about his work.

Q)The author stoutly refutes the notion that science is an amoral, intellectual game of problem solving by

a)pointing out that scientists are calculating machines whose work is determined by accurate meter readings.

b)stating that science is a social activity.

c)showing how the inexorable, self-correcting movement will purge science of falsehood

d)listing the traits of a true scientist and providing that liars can never pursue science.
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