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# Logical Fallacy?

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09 Oct 2004, 12:31
I have a huge problem with this questions, coming from prof. Dave
Change is logically inconveivable and logic is a surer indicator of reality than experience; thus, despite appearances, reality is unitary and motionless. In this view, time is an illusion..

The question:
If the author's asessment of the idea is correct, with twhich of the following would the author most likely agree?

the correct answer: "The more things seem to change, the more they remain the same".

Now, I have a few issues with this answer:

1. According to the paragraph about the author, things do not move (there is no time in which they would move) > thus, they cannot "remain the same"; only things that move can "remain" because the non-changing factor is a type of motion (to remain); in this case, they simply are the same, the do not move > thus they not only cannot "remain" but also, and most importantly, cannot remain the same.

2. Our perception of things that seem to change doesn't influence the status of the things - things simply cannot remain "more" the same. Or, do you imply that something that is the same 10 years ago, is "MORE" same in 20 years - a thing that doesn't change cannot obtain the status that it is "more" same ..

3. Our perception of things based on the paragraph about the author indicates that he would never agree with something being "more" same as for him the reality of things doesn't change.

4. Additionaly, if something "remains" it means it is in motion and anything that is in motion (even the motion of remaining) changes every second - it cannot remain the same for the word "remains" implies change or activity.

5. The word "more" indicates change as well > thus to remain the same is contradictory itself.

UFFF .. now, what do you think ? Am i comprehending it incorrectly?
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10 Oct 2004, 01:18
A digression, if i may...

This question is not quite the type you would ever see on the GMAT. And if you do see a really really tough and apparently convoluted question, you must be doing really really well in verbal. In other words, relax

My first request is that for verbal prep, especially CR and RC, please please and please do not refer to any other sources for questions other than the Official Guide and the LSAT for your learning. In LSAT, avoid the logic based CR's.

Now let me make sure we understand.... I dont mind trying different strategies to see what works best. thats the very purpose of this forum, to learn from the best. Many test prep companies have tried very hard to design strategies and i love most of them. Go ahead, learn the strategies. But make sure you apply those strategies on the right questions.

Its incredibly difficult to develop ETS style verbal questions. Please be very careful with what questions you are working with.

hope this helps.
Praetorian
10 Oct 2004, 01:18
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