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Some anthropologists study modern-day societies of foragers in an effort to learn about our ancient ancestors who were also foragers. A flaw in this strategy is that forager societies are extremely varied. Indeed, any forager society with which anthropologists are familiar has had considerable contact with modern nonforager societies.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the criticism made above of the anthropologists’ strategy?

(A) All forager societies throughout history have had a number of important features in common that are absent from other types of societies.
(B) Most ancient forager societies either dissolved or made a transition to another way of life.
(C) All anthropologists study one kind or another of modern-day society.
(D) Many anthropologists who study modern-day forager societies do not draw inferences about ancient societies on the basis of their studies.
(E) Even those modern-day forager societies that have not had significant contact with modern societies are importantly different from ancient forager societies.
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choosing answer that shows that "forager societies are not varied"
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Some anthropologists study modern-day societies of foragers in an effort to learn about our ancient ancestors who were also foragers. A flaw in this strategy is that forager societies are extremely varied. Indeed, any forager society with which anthropologists are familiar has had considerable contact with modern nonforager societies.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the criticism made above of the anthropologists’ strategy?
(A) All forager societies throughout history have had a number of important features in common that are absent from other types of societies.
(B) Most ancient forager societies either dissolved or made a transition to another way of life.
(C) All anthropologists study one kind or another of modern-day society.
(D) Many anthropologists who study modern-day forager societies do not draw inferences about ancient societies on the basis of their studies.
(E) Even those modern-day forager societies that have not had significant contact with modern societies are importantly different from ancient forager societies.


A. Conclusion: Study is flawed because ( premise ->) the forager society with which anthropologists are familiar has had considerable contact with modern nonforager societies. So anthropologists will not benefit from the study.

Now we have to show that although they come in contact the study it is still useful. That will weaken the conclusion.

A. States that although they come in contact with modern societies, all the forager societies have something’s in common. So the study will help anthropologists know about ancient societies. hence the conclusion weakened.
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Straight A.

If forager societies of today and past have features that are not common in other societies then the contact with those other societies will not make study useless.
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New post 30 Jul 2006, 00:11
(A) by POE, but it took 3 minutes!
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New post 30 Jul 2006, 08:58
I agree with A here

C and E is out of scope
D has "many" vs. argument talks about "some" -> don't know which we are talking about.... B has similar problem with "most"... we care about "all"
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"A" for me.
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New post 30 Jul 2006, 11:03
agree with A.
agree with ghantark's explanation.
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New post 30 Jul 2006, 23:16
Another one for A.
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New post 30 Jul 2006, 23:24
Clear winner A.

It strengthens the anthropologists stand by showing that despite modern foragers new habits there are still a lot many similarities that cannot be found in other societies
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New post 31 Jul 2006, 14:56
I was stuck for a while between A & D, but I'll join in voting for A here. My reason is D doesn't really dispel the criticism because it simply suggests that 'many anthropologists' do not draw inferences, which means that others do draw the exact inferences that are being criticized.

A for me.
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Straight A.
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New post 03 Aug 2006, 17:30
A. There's something that you can learn about earlier foragers from modern day foragers, regardless of how much they have been influenced by non-foragers.
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Easy pesy - A.
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