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People cannot devote themselves to study of natural [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2010, 16:44
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People cannot devote themselves to study of natural processes unless they have leisure, and people have leisure when resources are plentiful, not when resources are scarce. Although some anthropologists claim that agriculture, the cultivation of crops, actually began under conditions of drought and hunger, the early societies that domesticated plants must first have discovered how the plants they cultivated reproduced themselves and grew to maturity. These complex discoveries were the result of the active study of natural processes.

The arguement is structured to lead to the conclusion that

a) whever a society has plentiful resources, some members of that society devote themselves to the study of natural proceses

b) plants cannot be cultivated by someone lacking theoretical knowledge of the principles of plant generation and growth

c) agriculture first began in societies that at some time in thier history had plentiful resources

d) early agricultural societies knew more about the natural sciences than did early nonagricultural societies

e) early socieites could have discovered by acident how plants they cultivated reproduced and grew
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Re: CR People cannot devot themselves to study of [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2010, 22:54
IMO - C.
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Re: CR People cannot devot themselves to study of [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2010, 23:06
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Re: CR People cannot devot themselves to study of [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 14:39
I am not able to select any answer. Please explain this.

a) whever a society has plentiful resources, some members of that society devote themselves to the study of natural proceses
This goes against the 1st line of the passage.

b) plants cannot be cultivated by someone lacking theoretical knowledge of the principles of plant generation and growth
This is out of scope since theoretical knowledge of principle is no where mentioned.

c) agriculture first began in societies that at some time in thier history had plentiful resources
Again this goes against 1st line.

d) early agricultural societies knew more about the natural sciences than did early nonagricultural societies
Nothing is mentioned about non agricultural societies hence out of scope

e) early socieites could have discovered by acident how plants they cultivated reproduced and grew
Since they studied hence they discovered something so how can we say that it was discovered accidentally?

Totally confusing for me...plz help
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Re: CR People cannot devot themselves to study of [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 14:58
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Re: CR People cannot devot themselves to study of [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 17:38
C is answer
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Re: CR People cannot devot themselves to study of [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 19:31
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I am not able to select any answer. Please explain this.

a) whever a society has plentiful resources, some members of that society devote themselves to the study of natural proceses
This goes against the 1st line of the passage.

b) plants cannot be cultivated by someone lacking theoretical knowledge of the principles of plant generation and growth
This is out of scope since theoretical knowledge of principle is no where mentioned.

c) agriculture first began in societies that at some time in thier history had plentiful resources
This is where I differ. Study happens when people have leisure.Leisure is when resources are in plenty.Earlier societies discovered this phenomena.That means they had leisure and hence did study.Implies that resources are in plenty..

d) early agricultural societies knew more about the natural sciences than did early nonagricultural societies
Nothing is mentioned about non agricultural societies hence out of scope

e) early socieites could have discovered by acident how plants they cultivated reproduced and grew
Since they studied hence they discovered something so how can we say that it was discovered accidentally?

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Re: CR People cannot devot themselves to study of [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2010, 16:22
I think its A but C makes sense too. Can any one explain why C is preferred over A
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Re: CR People cannot devot themselves to study of [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2010, 18:49
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I think its A but C makes sense too. Can any one explain why C is preferred over A


c) agriculture first began in societies that at some time in thier history had plentiful resources
This is where I differ. Study happens when people have leisure.Leisure is when resources are in plenty.Earlier societies discovered this phenomena.That means they had leisure and hence did study.Implies that resources are in plenty..
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Re: CR People cannot devot themselves to study of [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2010, 21:52
early societies that domesticated plants must first have discovered how the plants they cultivated reproduced themselves and grew to maturity
I go with C. It supports this.
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Re: CR People cannot devot themselves to study of [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2010, 01:35
I was stuck between B and C. I'd have gone for C (now that the answer is posted), because the author agrees that cultivation started when resources were less, but contends that the principles were understood before. Looking at the first sentence, one can infer that they were learned at the time of abundant resources.

The word 'agriculture' made me hesitant, but I had prephrased conclusion consisting of 'resourceful times'. So, I selected C. On the second though, B looks a bit extreme.
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Re: CR People cannot devot themselves to study of [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2010, 02:19
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