7.2 Resisting obscurantism

Read the following text, and answer the questions that follow. Pay careful attention to the questions and whether the text supports or fails to support the assertion in each case.

Exercise 7.2

There are numerous theories about the origins of a person’s sexual orientation; most scientists today agree that sexual orientation is most likely the result of a complex interaction of environmental, cognitive and biological factors. In most people, sexual orientation is shaped at an early age. There is also considerable recent evidence to suggest that biology, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors, plays a significant role in a person’s sexuality. In summary, it is important to recognise that there are probably many reasons for a person’s sexual orientation and the reasons may be different for many people.

a. This argument concludes that sexual orientation is largely determined by one factor.
True / False?
b. This passage tells us which factors determine one’s sexual orientation.
True / False
c. The author gives her opinion as to the most likely cause of a person’s sexual orientation.
True / False
d. The author tells us which is the best theory about the origins of sexual orientation.
True / False

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