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# If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what

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17. If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothesâ€”all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

Which one of the following is an assumption made by the author of the passage?

(A) The arts of life have no useful end.
(B) The artificial is not better than the natural.
(C) Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature.
(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated.
(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature.

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11 Aug 2004, 13:37
2 min. D it is.
The author tries to say that to dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes makes human beings feel better within their environment. Hence, how can the artificial (previously mentioned actions) not be better than the natural?
If we negate D and say that the injunction to follow nature should be violated, the author's point would be futile. There would be no need to prove that the artificial is better than the natural since the natural is meant to be violated. D is a required assumption
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12 Aug 2004, 19:51

Give it another shot.

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12 Aug 2004, 20:00
I went for D initially but since it's wrong, guess (B) is the closest. The stimulus is all about artificial not being better than nature. (A) is not relevant, it doesn't matter if arts of life has a useful end or not.

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12 Aug 2004, 21:49
C for me. argument presumes that artificial is better than natural, if it is not, it is no way good. C says that these artificial stuffs are better.

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12 Aug 2004, 22:05
I don't envy those LSAT students C should be it. C assumes that "To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes" is better than the natural and hence = the artificial
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12 Aug 2004, 22:48
Dont tell me its E.

The author is here to perhaps refute someone's statement that its a responsibility/obligation to follow nature. Author is giving examples of those that violate nature, BUT states that such violation becomes 'arts of life' and are better than natural (he is saying that you cant live under a tree and wear leaves! perhaps ).

So, if artificial is better than natural - then it can mean 'artificial' adds value to 'natural'.

With this,
A- is out because it contradicts what the author is trying to convey
B- is out because - it says 'artificial is NOT better than natural'
C- Yes, the authors says this
D- Author is answering that 'someone'. It is that 'someone' who is saying that.
E- I amunsure if the author is implying this. So cant say for sure.

C looks ok. I thought D yesterday. After reading the same stimulus with other questions posted by Geethu, my thinking got re-oriented (hopefully for the good).

Whats the OA?

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12 Aug 2004, 23:33
Every time I read this question again, mind is favoring a new answer

Rejected B and D first, and then A and E next.
(B) The artificial is not better than the natural.
>> Author is actually arguing with the listener "If the artificial is not better than the natural...". This implies that the author is trying to refute this "Art is not better than nat" funda.
(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated.
>> Author himself is sure that "some day-to-day actions are indeed direct violations of the injunction to follow nature." He knows this and hence he does not assume the opposite.
(A) The arts of life have no useful end.
>> Author is trying to support art life and hence would not assume this.
(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature.
>> This may be the second best OA. The author does not say this directly, but might appear latter if the passage continues.

C seems better, since it follows author's mindset.
Digging, etc are better than nature. Digging, etc belong to artificial. Isn't artificial better than natural?

(Lets just pray god that we dont get such stuff in original exam).

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