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# Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not a

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Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not a "blank slate," 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.

Now , D and E are wrong because - that rather than is a bad sentence, also note being - so, D and E are out
So, between A , B and C

(A) the human mind is not a "blank slate," but instead that it ( human mind) comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving - that human mind does not sound right , also 'it' can be considered ambiguous as well.

(B) the human mind is not a "blank slate" but instead comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed to solve

(C) the human mind, instead of a "blank slate," it ( human mind) comprises specialized mental mechanisms that have been developed to solve - have been - something that started in past and still continues , where as the original meaning was that these mechanisms were developed . 2nd - but is missing.3rd - it - ambiguous .

I will go with B
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Seemed very weird to me.

Idiom : not Y but instead X -
source MGMAT SC page 160.
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OA is B.

Intended meaning: Hard problems (Leads)-----------> SPECIALIZED MENTAL MECHANISM to develop ----------->(which in turn leads to ) SOLVE PROBLEMs
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Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not a "blank slate," 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 a "blank slate," but instead that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving

(B) the human mind is not a "blank slate" but instead comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed to solve

(C) the human mind, instead of a "blank slate," it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that have been developed to solve

(D) rather than it being a "blank slate," the human mind comprises specialized mental mechanisms that have been developed as a way of solving
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(E) rather than the human mind's being a "blank slate," that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving

To me, this is my hop, step, and jump.
1. have been developed is wrong for something happened some million years ago and therefore C and D are out.
2. 'As a way of solving' ignores the intent involved in the evolution. Therefore A and E are gone.

I would click B and get along. Maybe there are umpteen other pointers to spot the correct choice. But I suspect, that the slug that I am, I might not be fortunate enough to analyze much more.
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after reading choice A, I can not eliminate it. but after reading choice B , I can find an error in choice A.

I do not hold A but B
"but B " is used if there is "not" at the beginning. there is no "not" , "but" is wrong. choice A is wrong gramartically.
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Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not a "blank slate," 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 a "blank slate," but instead that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving

(B) the human mind is not a "blank slate" but instead comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed to solve

(C) the human mind, instead of a "blank slate," it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that have been developed to solve

(D) rather than it being a "blank slate," the human mind comprises specialized mental mechanisms that have been developed as a way of solving
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(E) rather than the human mind's being a "blank slate," that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving

To me, this is my hop, step, and jump.
1. have been developed is wrong for something happened some million years ago and therefore C and D are out.
2. 'As a way of solving' ignores the intent involved in the evolution. Therefore A and E are gone.

I would click B and get along. Maybe there are umpteen other pointers to spot the correct choice. But I suspect, that the slug that I am, I might not be fortunate enough to analyze much more.

Shouldnt X but instead Y be grammatically parallel?
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Evolutionary psychology holds that the human mind is not a "blank slate," 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 a "blank slate," but instead that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving

(B) the human mind is not a "blank slate" but instead comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed to solve

(C) the human mind, instead of a "blank slate," it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that have been developed to solve

(D) rather than it being a "blank slate," 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 slate," that it comprises specialized mental mechanisms that were developed as a way of solving

This question is based on Idiomatic Usage and Construction.

The presence of the conjunctions ‘not-but’ necessitates parallelism. Option A lacks that parallelism because of the repetition of the pronoun ‘that’ and the placement of the redundant pronoun ‘it’. So, Option A can be eliminated.

Option C contains a tense error – the present perfect tense “have been developed” should not be used to convey an action that happened millions of years ago.
The pronoun ‘it’ is also redundant in this option because the antecedent “human mind” is already mentioned in the sentence. So, Option C can be eliminated.

The pronoun ‘it’ seems to refer to “evolutionary psychology” because that is the noun placed before the pronoun. Furthermore, the verb “holds” should be followed by a clause, not the phrase “rather than”. So, Option D can be eliminated.

Option E has the same error of construction as Option D because of the placement of the phrase “rather than” after the verb “holds”. The second pronoun ‘that’ is also redundant as the pronoun ‘that’ is already placed before the underlined portion. So, Option E can be eliminated.

Option B maintains parallelism. Both the conjunctions are followed by a verb; the adverb ‘instead’ only serves to emphasize, so it doesn’t affect parallelism even though it is placed immediately after the conjunction ‘but’. The construction of this option is also appropriate as there is a clause placed after the verb “holds”.
Therefore, B is the most appropriate option.

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This is a good one , very good one indeed

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Strictly speaking, vishvendra97, yes, the two words tread on similar linguistic ground, and instead could be eliminated from the sentence without losing vital meaning—we would still understand that an alternative followed but. However, not only is but instead a perfectly acceptable construct, it is also more emphatic than its stripped-down counterpart. If you eliminated (A) and (B) on these grounds alone, I hope you reconsidered when you laid eyes on (C), (D), and (E), all of which have more glaring flaws, as discussed in posts above.

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Why is the expression as a way of solving wrong?
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