« on: October 12, 2004, 05:29:11 PM »
I believe the stimulus said "..the DECISIVE factor was Bob's age. But this can't be true since older men have been promoted in other departments." I think you're right that assuming they had younger competitors is important, but even MORE detrimental to the argument is the fact that age could very well have been the factor that was DECISIVE (pushed it over the edge) for the younger applicants. The other old guys who were promoted might not have had any other negatives pulling them down, so they could get away with being old. Bob, however, could have been an a-hole or something, so his age could very well have been decisive. The argument doesn't take this into account.