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

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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 clothes—all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

If the author’s argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?

(A) There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless.
(B) Harming the environment is not an end, or purpose, of the arts of life.
(C) The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials.
(D) Constructing buildings is not an “art of life.”
(E) Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use.

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18 Jan 2020, 10:44
Bunuel wrote:
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 clothes—all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

If the author’s argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?

(A) There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless.
(B) Harming the environment is not an end, or purpose, of the arts of life.
(C) The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials.
(D) Constructing buildings is not an “art of life.”
(E) Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use.

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18 Jan 2020, 12:13
The assumption is that Artificial is better than natural. that is how activities like digging and plowing are justified - they are improving something while not aligning with nature. Now look at the options -
(A) There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless.
Wrong logic - idea is not to compare different arts. The premise states "All arts"

(B) Harming the environment is not an end, or purpose, of the arts of life.
Irrelevant - no talk around purpose or goal of life

(C) The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials.
Irrelevant - question is not bothered about kind of materieals
(D) Constructing buildings is not an “art of life.”
Wrong - all human actions are "art of lifes" according to author
(E) Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use.
Right - In line with the assumption. Artificial is better than natural -> for human use; may not be for environment.
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