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Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not

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Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not "blank state", but instead that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving specific problems human ancestors faced millions of years ago

A) the human mind is not "blank state", but instead that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving

B) the human mind is not "blank state" but instead comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed TO SOLVE

C) the human mind , INSTEAD OF A "blank state", it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that HAVE BEEN TO SOLVE

D) RATHER THAN IT BEING A "blank state", THE HUMAN MIND comprises specialized mental mechanisms that HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED as a way of solving

E ) RATHER THAN THE HUMAN MIND'S BEING A "blank state", THAT IS comprises specialized mental mechanisms that WERE DEVELOPED as a way of solving

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A) the human mind is not "blank state", but instead that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving
I think we need "a" or "the" before blank state. Moreover correct idiom is not X but Y. I never heard of not X but instead Y (But I may be wron :) )

B) the human mind is not "blank state" but instead comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed TO SOLVE
Same as A.

C) the human mind , INSTEAD OF A "blank state", it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that HAVE BEEN TO SOLVE
"the human mind" and "it" two subject for same line not possible.

D) RATHER THAN IT BEING A "blank state", THE HUMAN MIND comprises specialized mental mechanisms that HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED as a way of solving
Seems OK.

E ) RATHER THAN THE HUMAN MIND'S BEING A "blank state", THAT IS comprises specialized mental mechanisms that WERE DEVELOPED as a way of solving
Awkward construction.

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All of them feel wrong. "But instead" does not seem correct, its redundant. RATHER implies preference and that is not the case here.

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New post 30 Jun 2008, 16:30
The correct answer is B as per gmat prep; But I got it wrong as " but instead" seemed redundant to me and selected D. can any body provide explanation in favour of B ?

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