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24. There is little point in looking to artists for insights into political issues. Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist. Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great, indicate that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together.

Which one of the following can be inferred from the passage?

(A) There are no artists who have insights into political issues.

(B) A thorough education in art makers a person reasonably well educated.

(C) Every reasonably well-educated person who s not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist.

(D) Politicians rarely have any artistic talent.

(E) Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists.
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My choice is E. The most diplomatic statement.
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New post 11 Feb 2004, 12:23
You're 1 second too late Anandk :2gunfire:
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New post 11 Feb 2004, 12:24
Let us hope we are correct on this one unless kpadma has set some trap.
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New post 11 Feb 2004, 12:29
Bolis down to C and E...

I choose E..

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I hesitated a bit on C but it cannot be the answer because from stimuli:
Most of them [artists] hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist.

Therefore, we cannot conclude that:
Every reasonably well-educated person who s not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist.
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I thought the problem with C is "any artist" at the end.
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Right, any artist is what is wrong and should have been bolded. But every person who's not an artist is also wrong because it because it means that all of them are better than artists
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C or E

for me, E would make sense:

E) Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists.

This sentence: Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great, indicate that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together. -> rarely means there is a realistic possibility. that means there ARE some artists no less ...
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I'm surprised LSAT questions have such flaws in their answers, especially those based on formal reasoning like this one. Not sure if the phrasing of the question - 'Which one of the following can be inferred' makes it ok but basic set theory shows that Option E does not follow logically.

Most can include 'all' too. While some clearly means greater than 0.

Still E is the best of the choices. Don't like that fact that LSAT makes some such lame jumps in logic, I thought only GMAT questions allow for loose logical reasoning.
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I'm surprised LSAT questions have such flaws in their answers, especially those based on formal reasoning like this one. Not sure if the phrasing of the question - 'Which one of the following can be inferred' makes it ok but basic set theory shows that Option E does not follow logically.

Most can include 'all' too. While some clearly means greater than 0.

Still E is the best of the choices. Don't like that fact that LSAT makes some such lame jumps in logic, I thought only GMAT questions allow for loose logical reasoning.


The statement "most of X" does not include "all of X" (otherwise one would say "all of X") at least in GMAT - the mathematical analogy that you are trying to draw here (most of something means greater than 50% of that thing, including 100% of that thing) may lead you to clicking on the wrong answer or at least spending a few seconds unnecessarily on the test day. It is beneficial to think that most of something is more than 50%, but less than 100%, because 100% of something would imply all of that thing.
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There is little point in looking to artists for insights into political issues. Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist. Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great, indicate that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together.

Which one of the following can be inferred from the passage?
(A) There are no artists who have insights into political issues.
(B) A thorough education in art makes a person reasonably well educated.
(C) Every reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist.
(D) Politicians rarely have any artistic talent.
(E) Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists.
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E is the closest -

A - There are no artists who have insights into
political issues. - wrong - statement says most - not all
B - A thorough education in art makes a person
reasonably well educated. - out of scope - we don't know what education in art does to a person - Wrong

C - Every reasonably well-educated person who is
not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist. - Same - statement says most , not every or all - wrong
D - Politicians rarely have any artistic talent. - Statement does not say anything about politicians - wrong
E - Some artists are no less politically insightful
than some reasonably well-educated persons
who are not artists. - makes sense - most artists do not have insight - that means some do - CORRECT.
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IMHO,the following is my reasoning.
Please feel free to advise if anything is wrong :-)

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There is little point in looking to artists for insights into political issues. Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist.Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great,indicate that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together.

Which one of the following can be inferred from the passage?
(A) There are no artists who have insights into political issues.
-- This choice is too strong.The passage mentioned that artists are less insightful in political issue,not that they have none at all.

(B) A thorough education in art makes a person reasonably well educated.
-- One of the premise states that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together!!

(C) Every reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist.
-- The passage just mentions most of well-educated people have more insight!!

(D) Politicians rarely have any artistic talent.
-- We know nothing about the politicians.

(E) Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists.
-- CORRECT.
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IMHO,the following is my reasoning.
Please feel free to advise if anything is wrong :-)

nahid78 wrote:
There is little point in looking to artists for insights into political issues. Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist.Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great,indicate that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together.

Which one of the following can be inferred from the passage?
(A) There are no artists who have insights into political issues.
-- This choice is too strong.The passage mentioned that artists are less insightful in political issue,not that they have none at all.

(B) A thorough education in art makes a person reasonably well educated.
-- One of the premise states that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together!!

(C) Every reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist.
-- The passage just mentions most of well-educated people have more insight!!

(D) Politicians rarely have any artistic talent.
-- We know nothing about the politicians.

(E) Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists.
-- CORRECT.



It is very hard to understand E is the correct answer. Ans choice E says that "some artists are no less politically insightful" which means some are politically insightful than reasonably educated persons. The stimulus says " Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist"
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It is very hard to understand E is the correct answer. Ans choice E says that "some artists are no less politically insightful" which means some are politically insightful than reasonably educated persons. The stimulus says " Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist"


So, you are missing one point here.

If I am saying MOST of them are less insightful, This would mean atleast 1 is there who is no less insightful.

Say I have total 100 artists. I am saying 99 are less insightful (Take this as MOST are), it means atleast 1 is there who is no less or more insightful. Hence, E makes sense here.
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24. There is little point in looking to artists for insights into political issues. Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist. Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great, indicate that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together.

Which one of the following can be inferred from the passage?

(A) There are no artists who have insights into political issues.

(B) A thorough education in art makers a person reasonably well educated.

(C) Every reasonably well-educated person who s not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist.

(D) Politicians rarely have any artistic talent.

(E) Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists.


If you notice, this inference question is a little unique because it presents us with an argument. So, I approached this as more of an assumption question; I was on the lookout for a necessary assumption as I went to the answers.

The conclusion is found in the first sentence, while the remainder of the argument is structured to support this first sentence. Notice how qualified the author's statements are and, in particular, I think the key words to pay attention to are "little point" in the conclusion. The words "rarely found together" are very important from the final sentence, which acts as a premise in the argument.

The assumption that jumped out at me almost immediately was that the author must think that there is still "some" point to look to artists for political insights, or else he/she would have said "there's no point" in the conclusion (instead of saying that there's "little point"). Furthermore, the author would have used the word "never" instead of "rarely" in the final sentence, which is a premise of course. But why is this the case, you might ask? The reason for this must be that, as (E) points out, there must some artists that are just as politically insightful as the other group; if there weren't, the argument would fall apart instantaneously!

So, if one approached this question like I did, answers (A), (B), and (D) could be seen to be hopeless from the get-go.

Answer (C) is wrong because it weakens the argument directly and before you even negate it. If this answer were true, then why would there be "little point" or why would they "rarely" be found together?

So, to summarize, (C) is wrong because it weakens before it is negated and tends to strengthen the argument after it is negated. Answer choice (E) does the exact opposite and is thus the correct answer.
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24. There is little point in looking to artists for insights into political issues. Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist. Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great, indicate that artistic talent and political insight are rarely found together.

Which one of the following can be inferred from the passage?

(A) There are no artists who have insights into political issues.
(B) A thorough education in art makers a person reasonably well educated.
(C) Every reasonably well-educated person who s not an artist has more insight into political issues than any artist.
(D) Politicians rarely have any artistic talent.
(E) Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists.

We need to make an inference based on facts stated in the passage only. (Additional information/premises)/Extreme language/assumptions/paradoxical answers should not be considered. Avoid these distractions !

By Process of elimination,
we can eliminate A and D straight of the bat. D. Politicians are no where discussed in the passage. A. is extreme because of the phrase 'No artists'. C. compares well educated people who are not artists to artists but we don't have sufficient evidence to make such a comparison. B. We don't know what a thorough education in art can make a person based on the passage.

This leaves us with E the best choice which is the main point that the author is trying to infer.

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There is little point in looking to poetry for insights into political issues. Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not a poet. Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by a poet, including those considered great, indicate that poetic talent and political insight are rarely found together.

Which one of the following can be inferred from the passage?

A.There are no poets who have insights into political issues.
B.Some poets are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not poets.
C.Every reasonably well-educated person who is not a poet has more insight into political issues than any poet.
D.Politicians rarely have any poetic talent.
E.A thorough education in poetry makers a person reasonably well educated.

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