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Psychologist: Though popularized by the media and even some ill-informed scientists, photographic memory is a myth. Most of the top competitors at this summer’s national memory championship have brains that are neurologically indistinguishable from those of the general population and cognitive abilities that are seldom more than a standard deviation above average.

Which of the following would LEAST strengthen the argument above?

The competitors at this summer’s championship are typical of the segment of the population thought to have photographic memory.

People with photographic memories would have brains that are neurologically distinguishable from those of the general population.

Photographic memory requires cognitive abilities more than a standard deviation above average.

Photographic memory was initially proposed by a scientist whose theories of mind have since been widely discredited.

Photographic memory, if it exists, would be a requirement even to qualify for a national memory competition.


Why D when it's already presented as premise "ill-formed".??

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Psychologist: Though popularized by the media and even some ill-informed scientists, photographic memory is a myth. Most of the top competitors at this summer’s national memory championship have brains that are neurologically indistinguishable from those of the general population and cognitive abilities that are seldom more than a standard deviation above average.

Which of the following would LEAST strengthen the argument above?

The competitors at this summer’s championship are typical of the segment of the population thought to have photographic memory.-Strengthen

People with photographic memories would have brains that are neurologically distinguishable from those of the general population.-Strengthen

Photographic memory requires cognitive abilities more than a standard deviation above average.-Out of scope

Photographic memory was initially proposed by a scientist whose theories of mind have since been widely discredited.-Out of scope

Photographic memory, if it exists, would be a requirement even to qualify for a national memory competition.--Correct


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It is majorly between D and E. D Clearly says that "Photographic memory was initially proposed by a scientist whose theories of mind have since been widely discredited."
Here Photography is a Myth is the Premise followed by the action of discrediting. Notice the subtle word "Since" in the option. That means before his proposition that Photographic memory is a myth, he was a credited scientist. After the proposition, he wasn't. It is a clear case of causality . Hence it doesn't strengthen the argument whatsoever.
Whereas E says, "Photographic memory, if it exists, would be a requirement even to qualify for a national memory competition." Although it subtly strengthens the argument, it does strengthen it.

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