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Studying for the LSAT / how is one stronger than the other?
« on: October 24, 2007, 06:35:51 AM »
Bernard: For which language, and thus which frequency distribution of letters and letter sequences, was the standard typewriter keyboard designed?

Cara: To ask this question, you must be making a mistaken assumption: that typing speed was to be maximized.  The real danger with early typewriters was that operators would hit successive keys too quickly, thereby crashing typebars into each other, bending connecting wires, and so on. So the idea was to slow the operator down by making the most common letter sequences awkward to type.

Bernard: Surely that is not right! These technological limtations have long vanished, yet the keyboard is still as it was then.

Which one of the following, if true, could be used by Cora to counter Bernard's rejection of her explanation?

TCR (got lucky, and chose it): Typewriters and word-processing equipment are typically sold to people who have learned to use the standard keyboard and who, therefore, demand it in equipment they buy.

The AC I was debating with: The standard keyboard allows skilled operators to achieve considerable typing speeds, though it makes acquiring such skills relatively difficult.

Can someone point out why the second AC is definitely wrong, and how the first one is stronger? I feel like they're both pretty convincing...

Studying for the LSAT / the flaw in this?
« on: October 23, 2007, 04:22:48 PM »
Is the flaw in this that the arguer fails to consider the possibility of things being equal, rather than necessarily having to be less?

At teh company picnic, all of the employees who participated in more than four of the scheduled events, and only those employees, were eligible for the raffle held at the end of the day. Since only a small proportion of the employees were eligible for the raffle, most of the employees must have participated in fewer than four of the scheduled events.

Please confirm/point out something else!

Studying for the LSAT / walk me through this?
« on: October 22, 2007, 02:24:33 PM »
HIstorian: the spread of literacy informs more people of injustices and, in the right circumstances, leads to increased capacity to distinguish true reformers from mere opportunists.  HOwever, widespread literacy invariably emerges before any comprehensive system of general education; thus, in the interim, the populace is vulnerable to clever demagogues calling for change. Consequently, some relatively benign regimes may ironically be toppled by their own "enlightened" move to increase literacy.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the historian's argument depends?

TCR: A demogogue can never enlist the public support necessary to topple an existing regime unless a comprehensive system of general education is in place.

my answer: Without literacy there can be no general awareness of teh injustice in a society. 

Can someone help me diagram this or at least walk me through the logical reasoning in this?

Studying for the LSAT / any words of wisdom from september test takers?
« on: October 22, 2007, 06:47:57 AM »
If you could have done anything better to prepare for the LSAT, it would have been ________________. 

(something more specific than "studying more"!)

Law School Admissions / WE abroad?
« on: October 21, 2007, 07:35:05 PM »
In case this cycle doesn't work out for me, I want to make sure I have a job lined up afterwards so that i have something good to write on my resume next year.  i am currently looking into working overseas in a law firm because i think it'd be cool to a) work in some capacity in a law firm b) get to work and live in another country, but i'm wondering - does work experience in a law firm actually help nowadays, or do they discount it because they know all you've done is probably be an office slave?  am i better off doing something else? 

Studying for the LSAT / recommendations on how to practice LG?
« on: October 21, 2007, 04:37:11 PM »
while i usually score pretty well in LG, i am an inefficient mental MESS during it, and am trying to work on becoming more efficient in recognizing the "powerful" variables and rules and less reliant on going crazy with hypotheticals.  i'd like to spend a few days doing intensive-LG work, but don't know how should go about doing it. anyone have any recommendations on how to go about practicing the games??  are there certain ones i should just do over and over, or should i go in a certain order of practicing preptest games?  i've already done the LGB twice now, but i'm not sure which materials i should use to practice and how to get the most out of them.

Before 1986 physicists believed they could describe the universe in terms of four universal forces. Experiments then suggested, however, a fifth universal force of mutual repulsion between particles of matter. This fifth force would explain the occurrence in the experiments of a smaller measurement of the gravitational attraction between bodies than the established theory predicted.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument that there is a fifth universal force?

Correct Answer: No previously established scientific results are incompatible with teh notion of a fifth universal force.

Granted, the other answers sucked but I didn't think this one was that great. Is this basically saying that it just strengthens it because it doesn't weaken it?

Studying for the LSAT / LR Question
« on: October 21, 2007, 05:52:24 AM »
Hey, can someone help me with this one?

Critic: Although some people claim it is inconsistent to support freedom of speech and also support legislation limiting the amount of violence in TV programs, it is not. We can limit TV program content because the damage done by violent programs is more hamrful than the decrease in freedom of speech that would result from the limitations envisionsed by the legislation.

Which one of the following principles, if valid, most helps to justify the critic's reasoning?

I thought it was: If the exercise of a basic freedom leads to some harm, then the exercise of that freedom should be restricted.

The right answer:  One can support freedom of speech while at the same time recognizing that it can sometimes be overriden by other interests.

If someone could explain what's wrong with my answer and how the right answer is stronger, that'd be great.  Also, any suggestions for how to approach these principle-justify questions?  Thanks!

Studying for the LSAT / how to work on LG vs. LR to improve in the 170s?
« on: October 20, 2007, 02:01:08 PM »
i've done a painful number of practice tests in the past two weeks, and my score is seriously NOT consistent or improving - i'm mostly scoring in the low to mid 170s but there's been a few annoying times where i'm hit with the mid 160s.  my main weakness in LG is timing, whereas in LR i usually miss about 4 a section out of conceptual misunderstanding... to get my score up, should i just keep practicing the tests as whole units and just keep going over the ones i get wrong? or should i split my studying up and work on intensive LR drills till i feel really comfortable in it and then do intensive LG drill work?  advice please!!!!!!!

Studying for the LSAT / Official December Test takers??
« on: October 20, 2007, 12:27:35 PM »
Now that a lucky bunch of you guys have gotten your LSATs out of the way... who is still officially going to be stressing out with me for the next few weeks up till December 1st??

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