20th October, 2016 (CSAT)



Akbari is no architect and his grand plan is no conceptual art project. Based at the prestigious Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, Akbari is a scientist who has come up with a new way to fight global warming. It could be the easiest solution you’ve ever heard of. His big idea is based on principles as old as the whitewashed villages that scatter the hills of southern Europe and North Africa. Turn enough of the world’s black urban landscape white, he says, and it would reflect enough sunlight to delay global warming, and grant us some precious breathing space in the global struggle to control carbon emissions.

1. It can be inferred from the above paragraph that

(a) global warming occurs because of poisonous gases like carbon monoxide.

(b) the whitewashed villages in the hills of Europe and North Africa were meant to counter global warming.

(c) global warming probably occurs due to the earth absorbing sunlight.

(d) global warming could spell doom for all of us on this earth.



In modern times, the meaning of the word metaphysics has become confusing because of popular beliefs that are really unrelated to metaphysics or ontology per se, viz. esotericism and occultism. Esotericism and occultism, in their many forms, are not concerned with inquiries into first principles or the nature of being, though they do tend to proceed on the metaphysical assumption that all being is “one”.

2. It can be inferred that

(a) Esotericism and Occultism explain the meaning of metaphysics with a lot of confusion.

(b) Esotericism does not believe in the first principle that metaphysics believes in.

(c) Metaphysics is concerned with inquiries into the nature of being.

(d) Many forms of esotericism are related to metaphysics.

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