Instructions: For each of the following passages, characterize the appeal to authority as either prima facie (i.e., on the face of it, assuming no other information) reasonable, por prima facie unreasonable, and indicate why.
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Question 1 of 5
Vijay Singh advises you to slightly overlap your hands on the golf club when you hit the ball on the golf course. Singh is the club pro at the country club to which you belong—meaning that he is paid by the country club to give instruction to the members.
Question 2 of 5
Alisha Patel is a famous Bollywood star, whose musicals are considered among the very best. She is featured on ads urging that the people of the world unite in pushing their governments to outlaw nuclear weapons.
Question 3 of 5
Rav Natraj is an Indian chef trying to teach you how to cook Indian dishes. He is paid by a group of students, including you, to teach them these culinary skills. Natraj has been head chef at the finest Indian restaurants in Southern California. He advises you that to prepare the potato stuffing for the samosas (a type of appetizer) you should use a certain brand of spice. He is part owner of the company that imports that spice into America.
Question 4 of 5
Rita Patel is your cardiologist, and has been for years. She got her MD from Harvard, and successfully repaired your heart valve. She advises you to wear tweed coats, because it makes you look really attractive.
Question 5 of 5
Alisha Singh is a licensed therapist with an MFC license and a Ph.D. in psychology, helping you work through your grief over the sudden death of your spouse. Singh recommends that you go on a low dose of a mood elevating drug called Happior. Singh gets free trips to a resort every year every year to hear about the new drugs developed by DrugMax, a major pharmaceutical company that makes Happior.