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Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not a [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 10:28
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Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not a "blank slate," but instead that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving specific problems human ancestors faced millions of years ago.

(A) the human mind is not a "blank slate," but instead that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving
(B) the human mind is not a "blank slate" but instead comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed to solve
(C) the human mind, instead of a "blank slate," it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that have been developed to solve
(D) rather than it being a "blank slate," the human mind comprises specialized mental mechanisms that have been developed as a way of solving
(E) rather than the human mind's being a "blank slate," that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving
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Re: Evolutionary psychology [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 11:04
Between A and B, others are plain wrong. Went with A.
B slightly changes the meaning because the original sentencsemphasizes the fact that the human mind developed while in process of solving problems, while B states a human mind developed for the purpose of solving problems. See the shift.

that.... that.... is parrallel.

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Re: Evolutionary psychology [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 11:11
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Re: Evolutionary psychology [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 14:10
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Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not a "blank slate," but instead that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving specific problems human ancestors faced millions of years ago.

(A) the human mind is not a "blank slate," but instead that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving
(B) the human mind is not a "blank slate" but instead comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed to solve
(C) the human mind, instead of a "blank slate," it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that have been developed to solve
(D) rather than it being a "blank slate," the human mind comprises specialized mental mechanisms that have been developed as a way of solving
(E) rather than the human mind's being a "blank slate," that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving


In C if you remove instead of a "blank slate," it becomes the human mind it .... here it is not required at all
D - rather than it being is awkward
E - human mind's being.. it ... here it is referring to the possessive form of human mind.. not ||.
A That is not required .. as a way of solving is wordy.
D and E also have the same problem of way of solving ..

B rectifies all the problems. it uses to solve ..
human mind is ... but instead comprises .... ||.
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Re: Evolutionary psychology [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 15:37
I narrowed to B and C but did not pick C because of the awkward "it" after "human mind".

B it is.
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Re: Evolutionary psychology [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 20:47
Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not a "blank slate," but instead that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving specific problems human ancestors faced millions of years ago.


Now , D and E are wrong because - that rather than is a bad sentence, also note being - so, D and E are out
So, between A , B and C

(A) the human mind is not a "blank slate," but instead that it ( human mind) comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving - that human mind does not sound right , also 'it' can be considered ambiguous as well.

(B) the human mind is not a "blank slate" but instead comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed to solve

(C) the human mind, instead of a "blank slate," it ( human mind) comprises specialized mental mechanisms that have been developed to solve - have been - something that started in past and still continues , where as the original meaning was that these mechanisms were developed . 2nd - but is missing.3rd - it - ambiguous .

I will go with B
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Re: Evolutionary psychology [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 08:51
Straight B
A and C have " it " which does not have a clear noun ....it could mean mind or blank slate !

D and E -- " Being "

hence B is the right choice !
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Re: Evolutionary psychology [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2010, 07:01
Seemed very weird to me.

Idiom : not Y but instead X -
source MGMAT SC page 160.
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Re: Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not a [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2013, 21:17
OA is B.

Intended meaning: Hard problems (Leads)-----------> SPECIALIZED MENTAL MECHANISM to develop ----------->(which in turn leads to ) SOLVE PROBLEMs
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