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# Tricky Weaken Question

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01 Jun 2009, 15:28
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4. The five senses have traditionally been viewed as
distinct yet complementary. Each sense is thought to
have its own range of stimuli that are incapable of
stimulating the other senses. However, recent
research has discovered that some people taste a
banana and claim that they are tasting blue, or see a
color and say that it has a specific smell. This shows
that such people, called synesthesiacs, have senses
that do not respect the usual boundaries between the
five recognized senses.

Which one of the following statements, if true, most
seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Synesthesiacs demonstrate a general,
systematic impairment in their ability to use
and understand words.
(B) Recent evidence strongly suggests that there
are other senses besides sight, touch, smell,
hearing, and taste.
(C) The particular ways in which sensory
experiences overlap in synesthesiacs follow a
definite pattern.
(D) The synesthetic phenomenon has been
described in the legends of various cultures.
(E) Synesthesiacs can be temporarily rid of their
synesthetic experiences by the use of drugs.

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01 Jun 2009, 16:06
bipolarbear wrote:
recent
research has discovered that some people taste a
banana and claim that they are tasting blue, or see a
color and say that it has a specific smell.

The stimulus bases its conclusion on the recent research which is primarily based on whatever the people(synesthesiacs) undergoing the experiments say about whatever they feel. Author concludes that the experiment shows that the senses
that do not respect the usual boundaies between the five recognized senses causes this problem.

the statement which most seriously weakens the argument should provide an alternative reasoning for whatever the people(synesthesiacs) undergoing the experiments say about they feel.

(A) does it perfectly

bipolarbear wrote:
(A) Synesthesiacs demonstrate a general,
systematic impairment in their ability to use
and understand words.

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02 Jun 2009, 01:27
bipolarbear wrote:

4. The five senses have traditionally been viewed as
distinct yet complementary. Each sense is thought to
have its own range of stimuli that are incapable of
stimulating the other senses. However, recent
research has discovered that some people taste a
banana and claim that they are tasting blue, or see a
color and say that it has a specific smell. This shows
that such people, called synesthesiacs, have senses
that do not respect the usual boundaries between the
five recognized senses.

Which one of the following statements, if true, most
seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Synesthesiacs demonstrate a general,
systematic impairment in their ability to use
and understand words.
A is correct since it disputes the reliability of what Synesthesiacs say.
(B) Recent evidence strongly suggests that there
are other senses besides sight, touch, smell,
hearing, and taste.
(C) The particular ways in which sensory
experiences overlap in synesthesiacs follow a
definite pattern.
(D) The synesthetic phenomenon has been
described in the legends of various cultures.
(E) Synesthesiacs can be temporarily rid of their
synesthetic experiences by the use of drugs.

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02 Jun 2009, 09:49
A is indeed the correct answer, however I'm not sure I follow the logic of the response... anyone care to clarify?

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02 Jun 2009, 14:16
can some one please explain how to eliminate C.

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02 Jun 2009, 14:42
neeshpal wrote:
can some one please explain how to eliminate C.

My thoughts exactly...

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03 Jun 2009, 07:41
neeshpal wrote:
can some one please explain how to eliminate C.

The passage concludes that synesthesiacs experience sensory overlap .Choice 'C',restates the same thing,adding that it follows a definite pattern.I think this works to strenghten the argument.Pattern or otherwise..the end result is the same - senses cross boundaries.

Choice A would weaken the argument as it shows that maybe these people are just confused in their usage of words.Maybe when one states a banana tastes blue,it could be that the person simply wanted to say it tasted real good.

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03 Jun 2009, 08:32
Kiski wrote:
neeshpal wrote:
can some one please explain how to eliminate C.

The passage concludes that synesthesiacs experience sensory overlap .Choice 'C',restates the same thing,adding that it follows a definite pattern.I think this works to strenghten the argument.Pattern or otherwise..the end result is the same - senses cross boundaries.

Choice A would weaken the argument as it shows that maybe these people are just confused in their usage of words.Maybe when one states a banana tastes blue,it could be that the person simply wanted to say it tasted real good.

Ahh... makes sense. thanks

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03 Jun 2009, 10:01
Agree with A completely..

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03 Jun 2009, 14:29
A is correct because it weakens the argument by saying the Synesthesiacs impairs the ability to recognize and use the words. This means that by tasting blue they infact meant meant tasting banana but due to impairment they mixed up the words.

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04 Jun 2009, 01:18
good question..can you share the source?

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04 Jun 2009, 01:39
Agree with A. What is the source??

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04 Jun 2009, 03:52
vesam wrote:
Agree with A. What is the source??

A is the right answer, I guess, i have seen this in CR bible.

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04 Jun 2009, 06:56
vesam wrote:
Agree with A. What is the source??

OA is A. Powerscore LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible.

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06 Jun 2009, 15:40
I'd go with A as this weakens the argument by attributing the problem to the usage of words.

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06 Jun 2009, 16:33
I went with A as well. In order to weaken the argument, you have to look for either another cause or another explanation to the cause. option A provides another explanation to the cause. The explanation is that, in simple English, synesthesiacs have a problem in saying the right words to express their minds accurately....lol

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07 Jun 2009, 00:51
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bipolarbear wrote:

4. The five senses have traditionally been viewed as
distinct yet complementary. Each sense is thought to
have its own range of stimuli that are incapable of
stimulating the other senses. However, recent
research has discovered that some people taste a
banana and claim that they are tasting blue, or see a
color and say that it has a specific smell. This shows
that such people, called synesthesiacs, have senses
that do not respect the usual boundaries between the
five recognized senses.

Which one of the following statements, if true, most
seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Synesthesiacs demonstrate a general,
systematic impairment in their ability to use
and understand words.
(B) Recent evidence strongly suggests that there
are other senses besides sight, touch, smell,
hearing, and taste.
(C) The particular ways in which sensory
experiences overlap in synesthesiacs follow a
definite pattern.
(D) The synesthetic phenomenon has been
described in the legends of various cultures.
(E) Synesthesiacs can be temporarily rid of their
synesthetic experiences by the use of drugs.

Conclusion: Synesthesiacs have senses that do not respect the usual boundaries between the five recognized senses.

(A) Synesthesiacs demonstrate a general, systematic impairment in their ability to use and understand words.
Correct. This option attacks the premise on which the conclusion depends. If this is true then the premise (recent
research has discovered that some people taste a banana and claim that they are tasting blue, or see a color and say that it has a specific smell) does not hold which in turn weakens the conclusion.
(B) Recent evidence strongly suggests that there are other senses besides sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste.
Wrong. Argument is based on the five recognized senses. Adding other senses may or may not weaken.
(C) The particular ways in which sensory experiences overlap in synesthesiacs follow a definite pattern.
Wrong. sensory experiences overlap in definite pattern. This again adds info to argument which may or may no weaken the argument.
(D) The synesthetic phenomenon has been described in the legends of various cultures.
Wrong. Great!!. Out of scope.
(E) Synesthesiacs can be temporarily rid of their synesthetic experiences by the use of drugs.
Wrong. This is irrelevant. This just adds some info which is not much of a use.
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15 Mar 2012, 02:32
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A is the best one here.
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