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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Tough one - Dec 96 section2, ?25
« on: May 03, 2005, 01:16:47 PM »
one more thing - in answer choice E, which is the correct answer, "evaluating the merit of a putative counterexample" - what is that? i know what putative means, but where does the counterexample come from? is it calling the first idea put forth a counterexample to the meteorologist's conclusion or is it stating that the meteorologist cannot come up with a putative counterexample to the argument put forth so therefore he has only an appeal to authority to rely upon in his argument? or is it somthing else entirely?

Studying for the LSAT / Tough one - Dec 96 section2, ?25
« on: May 03, 2005, 12:01:39 PM »
Statistician: Changes in the Sun's luminosity correlate exceedingly well with the average land temperatures on Earth. Clearly - and contrary to accepted opinion among meteorologists - the sun's luminosity essentially controls land temperatures on Earth.

Meteorolgist: I disagee. Any professional meteorolgist will tell you that in a system as complicated as that giving rise to the climate, no significant aspect can be controlled by a single variable.

The reasoning on the meteorologist's counterargument is questionable because that argument

A)rejects a partial explanation, not because it is incorrect, but only becasue it is not complete

B) fails to distiguish phenomena that exist independently of a particular system from phenomena that exist only as part of the system

C) calls inot question the existence of a correlation when the only real issue is how to interpret the correlation

D) dismisses a hypothesis on the grounds that it fails to deal with any matters of scientific significance

E) appeals to the authoritativeness of an opinion without evaluating the merit of a putative counterexample

i got it wrong, but i still like my answer better than the right answer. can someone help me? atleast tell me - why not A? i guess the term "partial" doesnt completely apply since the explanation given by the stat. attempted to definitively prove the result, but it still sounds ok.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: ? difficulty as LR section progresses
« on: May 02, 2005, 11:40:15 PM »
wow - well i guess i was mistaken. that being determined, i wonder if its better to start at the end and tackle the tough ones first when the brain isnt as susceptible to mental fatigue?

Studying for the LSAT / ? difficulty as LR section progresses
« on: May 02, 2005, 09:26:10 PM »
I find that some tests ill get the first 15-19 right on an LR section and then maybe get 5 out of the last eight wrong. im sure theres a mental fatigue factor but these questions seem harder in retrospect. the LSAC says theres no increasing level of difficulty as the nukbers increase but im not really buying it. i think i might try to take a couple of sections backward. if i start missing the questions at the beginning then ill know its my fault. has anyone got any advice/input on this?

also, does anyoine have any advice for mental fatigue besides the sugegstion tot take 10-fifteen second breaks? i guess just rigorous routine practice will do it, but if anyone's got any other advice...

i hate the science/nature ones:

Mature white pines intercept almost all the sunlight that shines on them. They leave a deep litter that dries readily, and they grow to prodigious height so that, even when there are large gaps in a stand of such trees, little light reaches the forest floor. For this reason white pines cannot regenerate in their own shade. Thus, when in a dense forest a stand of trees consists of nothing but mature white pines, it is a fair bet that__.

Which one of the following most logically concludes the argument?

A) the ages of the trees in the stand do not differ from each other by much more than the length of time it takes a white pine to grow to maturity

B) the land on which the stand is now growing had been cleared of all trees at the time when the first of all white pines started growing

C) competition among the trees in the stand for sunlight will soon result in some trees' dying and the stand thus becoming thinner

D) other species of trees will soon begin to colonize the stand, eventually replacing all of the white pines

E) any differences in the heights of the trees in the stand are attributable solely to the differences in the ages of the trees

what? i just cant figure this out and im not understanding the passsage, especially the phrases, "deep litter that dries readily," "regenerate in their own shade," and "large gaps in a stand." im not a science guy and i feel this ? is  a little overly-technical.

if you want to know the answer its positioned exactly in the middle of this sequence:

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LR, October 1999, Section 2, #11
« on: April 29, 2005, 02:22:25 PM »
its from oct. 99 section 3. she just got the section wrong. the correct answer is B according to the answer sheet.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LR, October 1999, Section 2, #11
« on: April 29, 2005, 12:01:35 PM »
well, this isnt toot echnical a brealdown of the question, but i gathered that the speaker was implying that the dolphins understood the term "do something creative together" which was a more advanced cognitive function than just responding to a command that referred to one specific action. therefore, which answer choice expands upon that idea - it'd be B because B implies the dolphins are coming up wuth new ideas when asked to perfrom something creative. the other choices dont really add to the argument.

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