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# An archaeological dig sponsored by five universities

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05 Nov 2011, 00:42
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An archaeological dig sponsored by five universities unearthed five stone tablets incised with an undeciphered ancient script. The universities agreed that each would take one tablet to decipher. Because of the prestige involved for the university that cracks the script, critics of current academic practices fear that the universities will jealously guard their scholars' work until decipherment is complete, and this prevention of scholars building on each others' work will result in the script never being deciphered.

Premise 1: 5 Us sponsored 1 archaeological dig and found 5 stone tablets that were not deciphered before

Premise 2: Each U take 1 tablet. Who crack the script will be honored

Conclusions: U will guard their scholars' work => prevent the scholars building on each others' work from deciphering

Which of the following, if true, would tend to weaken most seriously the critics' argument?

-Without healthy competition, the intellectual life of the university stagnates and research loses forward momentum. => Strengthen one
-The decipherment of other ancient scripts has generally been the work of a single person working alone. => Contender
-Universities will give substantial funding to projects they consider prestigious. => irrelevant
-A university atmosphere generally provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, which enhances the growth of intellectual projects. => Contender
-When deciphering a code, the military always works in secrecy to prevent any leaks to the enemy that will warn them to change their code. => military will protect the work within the country from enemy. If 5 University located in 1 country, this one is not strength to attack conclusion

Between B and D, I chose B because I think that D is normal atmosphere, but now the 5 tablets is the most secret in history of archaeology that will make the prestige for one school and create the competitive atmosphere.
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04 Nov 2013, 09:27
The OA is B guys.... E is a trap. It was actually an easy question.
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15 Jan 2014, 10:13
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An archaeological dig sponsored by five universities unearthed five stone tablets incised with an undeciphered ancient script. The universities agreed that each would take one tablet to decipher. Because of the prestige involved for the university that cracks the script, critics of current academic practices fear that the universities will jealously guard their scholars' work until decipherment is complete, and this prevention of scholars building on each others' work will result in the script never being deciphered.

Which of the following, if true, would tend to weaken most seriously the critics' argument?

-Without healthy competition, the intellectual life of the university stagnates and research loses forward momentum.
-The decipherment of other ancient scripts has generally been the work of a single person working alone.
-Universities will give substantial funding to projects they consider prestigious.
-A university atmosphere generally provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, which enhances the growth of intellectual projects.
-When deciphering a code, the military always works in secrecy to prevent any leaks to the enemy that will warn them to change their code.

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I'm going with B on this one because we are told that the universities will prevent scholars building on others' work and that in turn will make the script unable to be deciphered.

Answer choice B says that the decipherment is often a work of a single person. Therefore, this clearly weakens the argument because there's no reason to believe that scholars will be prevented to build on others' work since they don't usually need to rely on them to decipher a script.

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09 Feb 2014, 04:42
I chose D. but none seemed good to me. My doubt with B is how is it relevant to this particular deciphering in question? 5 different tablets are with 5 different universities. "Each would take one tablet to decipher" I understood this as each univ deciphers one tablet and collaboration is needed to decipher the whole, so single person deciphering this particular puzzle didn't make sense. Did I miss anything?
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09 Feb 2014, 07:31
gmatprav wrote:
I chose D. but none seemed good to me. My doubt with B is how is it relevant to this particular deciphering in question? 5 different tablets are with 5 different universities. "Each would take one tablet to decipher" I understood this as each univ deciphers one tablet and collaboration is needed to decipher the whole, so single person deciphering this particular puzzle didn't make sense. Did I miss anything?

and this prevention of scholars building on each others' work will result in the script never being deciphered.

B seems fit that.
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10 Feb 2014, 00:36
Can you please elaborate? I didn't understand.
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and this prevention of scholars building on each others' work will result in the script never being deciphered.

B seems fit that.

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10 Feb 2014, 18:37
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gmatprav wrote:
Can you please elaborate? I didn't understand.
samsmalldog wrote:

and this prevention of scholars building on each others' work will result in the script never being deciphered.

B seems fit that.

Background:An archaeological dig sponsored by five universities unearthed five stone tablets incised with an undeciphered ancient script. The universities agreed that each would take one tablet to decipher.

Premise:Because of the prestige involved for the university that cracks the script, critics of current academic practices fear that the universities will jealously guard their scholars' work until decipherment is complete,

Conclusion:and this prevention of scholars building on each others' work will result in the script never being deciphered.

The answer would weaken the critics' argument, so if the answer attack or weaken the main conclusion, choose it.

The red part is the main point of the conclusion:prevent working with each other will result that the work will never finished. i,e, work alone --> never deciphered.

B.The decipherment of other ancient scripts has generally been the work of a single person working alone.
This answer hits the point, "generally" told us that it's usual to work alone in decipherment, like there is one teacher teaching in the class and it works,, this answer actually weaken the conclusion

D.A university atmosphere generally provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, which enhances the growth of intellectual projects.
irrelevent, told us nothing about work alone and decipherment

NEVER EVER attack background information, In weaken question we must focus on the MAIN CONCLUSION. or you will go too far.

hope it helps,

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02 Jun 2014, 19:18
D is talking about the atmosphere within a university not between universities. So D is limited in scope to weaken the conclusion.

B is a little out of scope because it may not 100% true for this particular case.

But between the two D is anyways disqualified because of the above reasons
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02 Jun 2014, 22:48
samsmalldog wrote:
gmatprav wrote:
Can you please elaborate? I didn't understand.

Background:An archaeological dig sponsored by five universities unearthed five stone tablets incised with an undeciphered ancient script. The universities agreed that each would take one tablet to decipher.

Premise:Because of the prestige involved for the university that cracks the script, critics of current academic practices fear that the universities will jealously guard their scholars' work until decipherment is complete,

Conclusion:and this prevention of scholars building on each others' work will result in the script never being deciphered.

The answer would weaken the critics' argument, so if the answer attack or weaken the main conclusion, choose it.

The red part is the main point of the conclusion:prevent working with each other will result that the work will never finished. i,e, work alone --> never deciphered.

B.The decipherment of other ancient scripts has generally been the work of a single person working alone.
This answer hits the point, "generally" told us that it's usual to work alone in decipherment, like there is one teacher teaching in the class and it works,, this answer actually weaken the conclusion

D.A university atmosphere generally provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, which enhances the growth of intellectual projects.
irrelevent, told us nothing about work alone and decipherment

NEVER EVER attack background information, In weaken question we must focus on the MAIN CONCLUSION. or you will go too far.

hope it helps,

Jack.

My issue is that B claims that someone, working alone can figure it out.
The problem here is that the tablets were split five-ways, so when one person working alone can descypher, he would have access to all tablets, which is not the case here...
Can someone help me with this?
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27 Jul 2014, 07:40
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This is my new project: Renew Old Thread => Back to basic => Just try It and give your reasoning

An archaeological dig sponsored by five universities unearthed five stone tablets incised with an undeciphered ancient script. The universities agreed that each would take one tablet to decipher. Because of the prestige involved for the university that cracks the script, critics of current academic practices fear that the universities will jealously guard their scholars' work until decipherment is complete, and this prevention of scholars building on each others' work will result in the script never being deciphered.

Which of the following, if true, would tend to weaken most seriously the critics' argument?

A, Without healthy competition, the intellectual life of the university stagnates and research loses forward momentum.
B, The decipherment of other ancient scripts has generally been the work of a single person working alone.
C, Universities will give substantial funding to projects they consider prestigious.
D, A university atmosphere generally provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, which enhances the growth of intellectual projects.
E, When deciphering a code, the military always works in secrecy to prevent any leaks to the enemy that will warn them to change their code.
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28 Jul 2014, 04:00
This is not to counter anyone's claims, but does renewing the threads erase what experts and members had posted that time.
If yes, then I guess that might hurt the forum.

Specifically, I did this question wrong and now am looking here and there to just find a descent explanation !
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29 Jul 2014, 08:03
MKS wrote:
This is not to counter anyone's claims, but does renewing the threads erase what experts and members had posted that time.
If yes, then I guess that might hurt the forum.

Specifically, I did this question wrong and now am looking here and there to just find a descent explanation !

Hi. The old threads with explanations are still on the forum

This is just to encourage people solving questions on a random basis (also questions are selected on how difficult/popular they were)
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13 Sep 2014, 14:41
ronr34 wrote:
samsmalldog wrote:
gmatprav wrote:
Can you please elaborate? I didn't understand.

Background:An archaeological dig sponsored by five universities unearthed five stone tablets incised with an undeciphered ancient script. The universities agreed that each would take one tablet to decipher.

Premise:Because of the prestige involved for the university that cracks the script, critics of current academic practices fear that the universities will jealously guard their scholars' work until decipherment is complete,

Conclusion:and this prevention of scholars building on each others' work will result in the script never being deciphered.

The answer would weaken the critics' argument, so if the answer attack or weaken the main conclusion, choose it.

The red part is the main point of the conclusion:prevent working with each other will result that the work will never finished. i,e, work alone --> never deciphered.

B.The decipherment of other ancient scripts has generally been the work of a single person working alone.
This answer hits the point, "generally" told us that it's usual to work alone in decipherment, like there is one teacher teaching in the class and it works,, this answer actually weaken the conclusion

D.A university atmosphere generally provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, which enhances the growth of intellectual projects.
irrelevent, told us nothing about work alone and decipherment

NEVER EVER attack background information, In weaken question we must focus on the MAIN CONCLUSION. or you will go too far.

hope it helps,

Jack.

My issue is that B claims that someone, working alone can figure it out.
The problem here is that the tablets were split five-ways, so when one person working alone can descypher, he would have access to all tablets, which is not the case here...
Can someone help me with this?

Bumping.....
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22 Sep 2014, 13:32
My understanding of why B is wrong. Can anyone, please, clarify this for me?

B: states that the decipher of scripts (scripts=a whole script) is done by a single person, alone. The Universities have taken different stones of a single script. This means that the Universities need to come together to form one whole team of 1 (the equivalent of a single person), which is not being done.

For this reason I believe B is wrong.
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23 Sep 2014, 02:09
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My understanding of why B is wrong. Can anyone, please, clarify this for me?

B: states that the decipher of scripts (scripts=a whole script) is done by a single person, alone. The Universities have taken different stones of a single script. This means that the Universities need to come together to form one whole team of 1 (the equivalent of a single person), which is not being done.

For this reason I believe B is wrong.

The argument :
An archaeological dig sponsored by five universities unearthed five stone tablets incised with an undecipherable ancient script. The universities agreed that each would take one tablet to decipher. Because of the prestige involved for the university that cracks the script, critics of current academic practices fear that the universities will jealously guard their scholars' work until decipherment is complete, and this prevention of scholars building on each others' work will result in the script never being deciphered.

Five stone tablets are found and all are incised with an undeciphered ancient script.It is NO WHERE written that all these tablets are a part of a big tablet and all need to be put together to get it deciphered.
I think you are watching too much of TOMB RAIDER movies Consider these tablets as some ancient coins with some symbols on it and symbols are independent and standalone.
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20 Jan 2017, 08:26
I was successful in eliminating options A, C and D and was struggling to choose between B and E. I felt that both were equal contenders but finally swayed towards option E because of the word 'generally' that I saw in Option B.

Seeking guidance on how I should have weighed option B over E.
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21 Aug 2017, 06:48
Merged topics. Please, search before posting questions!
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01 Sep 2017, 00:35
hemanthp wrote:
An archaeological dig sponsored by five universities unearthed five stone tablets incised with an undeciphered ancient script. The universities agreed that each would take one tablet to decipher. Because of the prestige involved for the university that cracks the script, critics of current academic practices fear that the universities will jealously guard their scholars' work until decipherment is complete, and this prevention of scholars building on each others' work will result in the script never being deciphered.

Which of the following, if true, would tend to weaken most seriously the critics' argument?

-Without healthy competition, the intellectual life of the university stagnates and research loses forward momentum.
-The decipherment of other ancient scripts has generally been the work of a single person working alone.
-Universities will give substantial funding to projects they consider prestigious.
-A university atmosphere generally provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, which enhances the growth of intellectual projects.
-When deciphering a code, the military always works in secrecy to prevent any leaks to the enemy that will warn them to change their code.

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mikemcgarry - I am confused between A & B. Can you pls explain why A is incorrect.
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