The following appeared as part of an article in a magazine on lifestyles.

“Two years ago, City L was listed 14th in an annual survey that ranks cities according to the quality of life that can be enjoyed by those living in them. This information will enable people who are moving to the state in which City L is located to confidently identify one place, at least, where schools are good, housing is affordable, people are friendly, the environment is safe, and the arts flourish.”

Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument. In your discussion be sure to analyze the line of reasoning and the use of evidence in the argument. For example, you may need to consider what questionable assumptions underlie the thinking and what alternative explanations or counterexamples might weaken the conclusion. You can also discuss what sort of evidence would strengthen or refute the argument, what changes in the argument would make it more logically sound, and what, if anything, would help you better evaluate its conclusion.

The author claims that the survey ranking the cities according to their lifestyle will help people in locating a place in the state,where everything will be good. The argument has many serious flaws.

First of all, the quality of life is too broad a term. Though it’s reasonable to assume that the survey must have covered the mentioned parameters, we do not yet know whether the survey tells you the relative rankings of all the cities in each parameter separately. For example: city X may be overall ranked number one due to its good schools,affordable housing and friendly nature of people, but may be the environment isn’t that safe overthere. So the broad ranking may not be able to convey the exact information that the author claims.

Moreover, the survey is two years old; it may already be obsolete. In this dynamically changing world, it’s possible that the prices in an affordable city may have shot up and the environment is not that safe now.

Furthermore, the scope of the survey is not known. We don’t know whether all the cities were covered or only the ones, which chose to participate.Also the author claims to find the best “place” in the state using this survey,but it fails to acknowledge that it’s not the major cities that offer a quality life,it can be small towns too. whether the survey covered the major cities only or the smaller towns too, where life may be good and affordable too.

In sum, I’d agree that the rankings may give a rough idea of the lifestyle and with a more recent and elaborate data, this can really be useful. But the argument as it stands is weak and fails to provide any useful information to the reader.

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