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An archaeological dig sponsored by five universities

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29 Jul 2014, 08:03
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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
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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.

Don't forget KUDOS if you like the question. This is from KAPLAN CAT.

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

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