CAT 1999 Question Paper Question 66

Question 66

Thomas Malthus, the British clergyman turned economist, predicted that the planet would not be able to support the human population for long. His explanation was that human population grows at a geometric rate, while the food supply grows only at an arithmetic rate.

Which one of the following, if true, would not undermine the thesis offered by Malthus?


Options A, B and D offer explanations on how human population can survive. Hence, they undermine the stated conclusion.

The stated conclusion is that human population cannot last long on this planet. The underlying assumption is that what has been observed till now will continue in the future. Hence, option C bolsters this assumption and add credence to the main conclusion.

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