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Scientists typically do their most creative work before the age of forty. It is commonly
thought that this happens because aging by itself brings about a loss of creative
capacity
. However, studies show that a disproportionately large number of the
scientists who produce highly creative work beyond the age of forty entered their
field at an older age than is usual
. Since by the age of forty the large majority of
scientists have been working in their field for at least fifteen years, the studies’ finding
strongly suggests that the real reason why scientists over forty rarely produce highly
creative work is not that they have simply aged but rather that they generally have
spent too long in a given field.
In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
A. The first is the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second is an
objection that has been raised against a position defended in the argument.
B. the first is a claim that has been advanced in support of a position that the
argument opposes; the second is a finding that has been used in support of that
position.
C. The first is an explanation that the argument challenges; the second is a finding
that has been used in support of that explanation.
D. The first is an explanation that the argument challenges; the second is a finding on
which that challenge is based.
E. The first is an explanation that the argument defends; the second is a finding that
has been used to challenge that explanation.

Conclusion : Scientist rarely produce create work after 40 not because they have aged but because they have been around too long to last in the business to produce create work. (They start early and retire early)

Statment 1 opposes the conclusion
Statement2 strengthens the conclusion but providing the info about starting early in the field

(A) - first part is correct. second argument does't raise any objection - out
(B) - first is a claim advanced in support of a position opposed by the argument - true, second provides info to support that position - false - out
(C) - first is the statment the argument challenges - true, second supports that statement - false
(D) - first is the statment the argument challenges - true , the second is a finding on which that challenge is based. - True - Keep
(E) - The first is an explanation that the argument defends; False the second is a finding that - out

I go with D. wait for you'll to respond. Thanks
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28 Sep 2007, 05:59
Scientists typically do their most creative work before the age of forty. It is commonly
thought that this happens because aging by itself brings about a loss of creative
capacity
. However, studies show that a disproportionately large number of the
scientists who produce highly creative work beyond the age of forty entered their
field at an older age than is usual
. Since by the age of forty the large majority of
scientists have been working in their field for at least fifteen years, the studies’ finding
strongly suggests that the real reason why scientists over forty rarely produce highly
creative work is not that they have simply aged but rather that they generally have
spent too long in a given field.
In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
A. The first is the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second is an
objection that has been raised against a position defended in the argument.
B. the first is a claim that has been advanced in support of a position that the
argument opposes; the second is a finding that has been used in support of that
position.
C. The first is an explanation that the argument challenges; the second is a finding
that has been used in support of that explanation.
D. The first is an explanation that the argument challenges; the second is a finding on
which that challenge is based.
E. The first is an explanation that the argument defends; the second is a finding that
has been used to challenge that explanation.

Conclusion : Scientist rarely produce create work after 40 not because they have aged but because they have been around too long to last in the business to produce create work. (They start early and retire early)

Statment 1 opposes the conclusion
Statement2 strengthens the conclusion but providing the info about starting early in the field

(A) - first part is correct. second argument does't raise any objection - out
(B) - first is a claim advanced in support of a position opposed by the argument - true, second provides info to support that position - false - out
(C) - first is the statment the argument challenges - true, second supports that statement - false
(D) - first is the statment the argument challenges - true , the second is a finding on which that challenge is based. - True - Keep
(E) - The first is an explanation that the argument defends; False the second is a finding that - out

I go with D. wait for you'll to respond. Thanks

D too.
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28 Sep 2007, 07:55
your provided explanation is comprehensive enough. I concur that D is the answer. But, since you put this CR here, i guess the OA is not D?
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28 Sep 2007, 08:49
laxieqv : Hey, It's funny that you asked cause I've been searching for the answer key on this site but with no avail, therefore just decided to reach out you patrons. So to answer your question, I'm using the feedback on this site and guage what could be the right answer.
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28 Sep 2007, 09:10
Scientists typically do their most creative work before the age of forty. It is commonly
thought that this happens because aging by itself brings about a loss of creative
capacity
. However, studies show that a disproportionately large number of the
scientists who produce highly creative work beyond the age of forty entered their
field at an older age than is usual
. Since by the age of forty the large majority of
scientists have been working in their field for at least fifteen years, the studies’ finding
strongly suggests that the real reason why scientists over forty rarely produce highly
creative work is not that they have simply aged but rather that they generally have
spent too long in a given field.
In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
A. The first is the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second is an
objection that has been raised against a position defended in the argument.
B. the first is a claim that has been advanced in support of a position that the
argument opposes; the second is a finding that has been used in support of that
position.
C. The first is an explanation that the argument challenges; the second is a finding
that has been used in support of that explanation.
D. The first is an explanation that the argument challenges; the second is a finding on
which that challenge is based.
E. The first is an explanation that the argument defends; the second is a finding that
has been used to challenge that explanation.

Conclusion : Scientist rarely produce create work after 40 not because they have aged but because they have been around too long to last in the business to produce create work. (They start early and retire early)

Statment 1 opposes the conclusion
Statement2 strengthens the conclusion but providing the info about starting early in the field

(A) - first part is correct. second argument does't raise any objection - out
(B) - first is a claim advanced in support of a position opposed by the argument - true, second provides info to support that position - false - out
(C) - first is the statment the argument challenges - true, second supports that statement - false
(D) - first is the statment the argument challenges - true , the second is a finding on which that challenge is based. - True - Keep
(E) - The first is an explanation that the argument defends; False the second is a finding that - out

I go with D. wait for you'll to respond. Thanks
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28 Sep 2007, 09:15
laxieqv wrote:
your provided explanation is comprehensive enough. I concur that D is the answer. But, since you put this CR here, i guess the OA is not D?

I dunno I say D. Alimad is sneaky. He posted the windmills question and I spent 10min trying to justify why C in that question could have been the answer .
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28 Sep 2007, 09:23
GMATBLACKBELT : LOL, I'm sneaky!!, trust me I don't the right answer on this one.
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