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# There is little point in looking to artists for insights

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There is little point in looking to artists for insights [#permalink]  27 Aug 2008, 16:56
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There is little point in looking to artists for insights into political issues. Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist. Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great, indicate that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together.

Which one of the following can be inferred from the passage?

(A) There are no artists who have insights into political issues.

(B) A thorough education in art makes a person reasonably well educated.

(C) Every reasonably well-educated person who s not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist.

(D) Politicians rarely have any artistic talent.

(E) Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists.
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Re: Artists And political insights [#permalink]  27 Aug 2008, 16:59
IMO E.

Choice is between C and E but C looks very strong hence E.
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Re: Artists And political insights [#permalink]  27 Aug 2008, 18:18
Another E.

A- out: Passage says: Most [ NOT ALL] of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist. So there must be more insightful artists.
C - is out for the same reason.
B-out: passage doesn't indicate any requirement that makes one well educated. Out of scope.
D-out: Who says that. Nothing is discussed here about politicians.
it is E. E correct logical flaw in choice A. ( All= most + some, so Some = all - most)
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Re: Artists And political insights [#permalink]  27 Aug 2008, 21:41
One more for E.
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Re: Artists And political insights [#permalink]  28 Aug 2008, 06:41
Clearly E.
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Re: Artists And political insights [#permalink]  31 Aug 2008, 15:36
Thanks All.

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Re: Artists And political insights [#permalink]  01 Sep 2008, 06:59
hanumayamma wrote:
There is little point in looking to artists for insights into political issues. Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist. Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great, indicate that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together.

Which one of the following can be inferred from the passage?

(A) There are no artists who have insights into political issues.

(B) A thorough education in art makes a person reasonably well educated.

(C) Every reasonably well-educated person who s not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist.

(D) Politicians rarely have any artistic talent.

(E) Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists.

IMO E)
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Re: Artists And political insights [#permalink]  01 Sep 2008, 08:35
Another E.
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Re: Artists And political insights [#permalink]  01 Sep 2008, 08:38
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Re: Artists And political insights [#permalink]  28 Sep 2012, 05:55
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Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist.

So clearly E
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Re: Artists And political insights [#permalink]  03 Oct 2012, 09:44
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hanumayamma wrote:
There is little point in looking to artists for insights into political issues. Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist. Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great, indicate that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together.

Which one of the following can be inferred from the passage?

(A) There are no artists who have insights into political issues.

(B) A thorough education in art makes a person reasonably well educated.

(C) Every reasonably well-educated person who s not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist.

(D) Politicians rarely have any artistic talent.

(E) Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists.

Hey the key takeaway from this question is how important the tone of an argument can be!
In an inference question the correct answer choice is the one which is absolutely undeniable. So it must be directly in line with the tone of the author (mostly a moderate/mild tone)
Another MAJORLY important takeaway
When the stimulus states Most X do Y, there is also the assumption that Some X don't do Y

A This clearly wrong because we cannot generalize it to all artists. Some of them may have excellent insights.
B We do not discuss whether art makes a person well educated. However logical it may sound, it cannot be proved just on the basis of the given argument (also another significant takeaway)
C This might not be true. Few artists might just be more insightful than a handful of educated men and still be a minority at the same time.
D We cannot say that. First of all the BIG problem here is that we are not even interested in politicians. Its the people who have insights in politics are whom we care about. So blatantly wrong.

E This statement is constructed in such a way that its almost impossible to contradict it. It says that though most of the educated people have better insights than politicians do but however there MUST be some people (Some can even be ONE) who are artists and insightful about politics at the same time. CORRECT
Hope this Helps.
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Re: There is little point in looking to artists for insights [#permalink]  25 Oct 2013, 06:43
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Re: Artists And political insights [#permalink]  28 Oct 2013, 09:54
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hanumayamma wrote:
There is little point in looking to artists for insights into political issues. Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist. Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great, indicate that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together.

Which one of the following can be inferred from the passage?

(A) There are no artists who have insights into political issues.

(B) A thorough education in art makes a person reasonably well educated.

(C) Every reasonably well-educated person who s not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist.

(D) Politicians rarely have any artistic talent.

(E) Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists.

Hey the key takeaway from this question is how important the tone of an argument can be!
In an inference question the correct answer choice is the one which is absolutely undeniable. So it must be directly in line with the tone of the author (mostly a moderate/mild tone)
Another MAJORLY important takeaway
When the stimulus states Most X do Y, there is also the assumption that Some X don't do Y

A This clearly wrong because we cannot generalize it to all artists. Some of them may have excellent insights.
B We do not discuss whether art makes a person well educated. However logical it may sound, it cannot be proved just on the basis of the given argument (also another significant takeaway)
C This might not be true. Few artists might just be more insightful than a handful of educated men and still be a minority at the same time.
D We cannot say that. First of all the BIG problem here is that we are not even interested in politicians. Its the people who have insights in politics are whom we care about. So blatantly wrong.

E This statement is constructed in such a way that its almost impossible to contradict it. It says that though most of the educated people have better insights than politicians do but however there MUST be some people (Some can even be ONE) who are artists and insightful about politics at the same time. CORRECT
Hope this Helps.

The question stem has this quote:
"Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist."
Can we deduct from this that artists are considered well-educated?
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Re: There is little point in looking to artists for insights [#permalink]  10 Nov 2013, 15:39

C is a shell game answer choice. In stimulus, MOST artist's political views are compared with any reasonably well educated person. Answer choice present it other way around. Trap!
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