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# When theories formerly considered to be in their scientific

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When theories formerly considered to be in their scientific [#permalink]  15 Jan 2020, 15:54
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When theories formerly considered to be (i) _______ in their scientific objectivity are found instead to reflect a consistent observational and evaluative bias, then the presumed neutrality of science gives way to the recognition that categories of knowledge are human (ii) _______ .

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disinterested imperatives
callous errors
verifiable constructions

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Re: When theories formerly considered to be in their scientific [#permalink]  16 Jan 2020, 11:01
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1. The first blank should reflect the opposite of "bias", which is done only by "disinterested".
2. The second blank is tricky. One might choose "errors"; however, bias need not be errors. They are human constructions. "Imperatives" does not fit here.
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Re: When theories formerly considered to be in their scientific [#permalink]  16 Jun 2020, 01:07
In the old GRE book, the options were:

A) disinterested ... constructions
B) callous ... errors
C) verifiable ... prejudices
D) convincing ... imperatives
E) unassailable... fantasies

Can someone explain why C is wrong here? The "disinterestedness" is already mentioned as "scientific objectivity". Also in the second sentence, presumed neutrality is eventually turned out to be bias, so human prejudices can be filled here as well, in my opinion.
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Re: When theories formerly considered to be in their scientific [#permalink]  29 Jun 2020, 04:42
Zohair123 wrote:
Can someone explain why C is wrong here? The "disinterestedness" is already mentioned as "scientific objectivity". Also in the second sentence, presumed neutrality is eventually turned out to be bias, so human prejudices can be filled here as well, in my opinion.

Focus on "instead" in the sentence.
Re: When theories formerly considered to be in their scientific   [#permalink] 29 Jun 2020, 04:42
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