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# If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what

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If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes—all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

If the author’s argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?

(A) There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless.
(B) Harming the environment is not an end, or purpose, of the arts of life.
(C) The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials.
(D) Constructing buildings is not an “art of life.”
(E) Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use.

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29 Jan 2008, 07:06
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29 Jan 2008, 22:41
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Here author is contending what is the purpose of the art. In order to weaken or challenge the question, if “Building Construction” is not an art, then it will weaken the argument.

(A) There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless.[Music is not discussed in the argument – eliminate it]

(B) Harming the environment is not an end, or purpose, of the arts of life. [This is close, but as part of the question stem, the construction of building is asked. – eliminate it]

(C) The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials.[
What construction involves is out of the scope – eliminate it
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(D) Constructing buildings is not an “art of life.”[Hold it]

(E) Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use.[How the nature recouped is out of the argument scope – eliminate it]

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03 Apr 2008, 20:07
I got this wrong. OA is not one of those mentioned so far.

Can someone please try and explain.

Boy these LSAT CR questions are tough nuts
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04 Apr 2008, 01:49
It looks like E. Please let me know if it correct. and i'll post my reasoning.
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04 Apr 2008, 06:13
Iwas between B and E, would have went with B, but I guess E is correct.
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04 Apr 2008, 07:41
E.

It boils down between B and E for me. And since the QA is not yet mentioned above, thus eliminated B and D, so the answer is E!

hehe, okay seriously. Arthur is trying to say, not all natural things are better than artificial things in the life. His argument is although dig,plow,build (construction) are in violation of natural, but it is an art of making our life better.

His first sentence "if the artificial is not better than natural", then how do u justify "dig, plow, build" which makes our life better. This clearly suggest E as the answer.

B is really hard for me. But now I think about it, it is clearly wrong. If B is correct, then we should not dig, plow or build. This is counter intuitive to the author's goal, and he would not defend his argument like that.
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04 Apr 2008, 07:44
Billjeans you nailed it.
Albert and terp26 congrats.

E it is! (OA)
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04 Apr 2008, 12:51
kyatin wrote:
Billjeans you nailed it.
Albert and terp26 congrats.

E it is! (OA)

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