tempur_three wrote:As for the premed students going into law, I took the MCAT, wasn't that bad; the LSAT imho was more challenging. For the MCAT, you need the basic science coursework to prepare you for it. Much easier to achieve the 30 MCAT score than the 170+ LSAT score. Since I'm on the mcat vs lsat bit, I might as well dwell on the basic science vs humanities discussion too: writing solid arguments, good papers, takes a certain brainpower that monkeys, who memorize scientific facts, simply can't do. I'll never forget what one Yale professor said during a physics lecture: "Pigeons can do integration; humans can understand it," basically it's one thing to memorize a formula and apply it like a calculator, and another to understand what the hell all the formulas truly mean. I think humanities revolves around understanding concepts before applying them unlike a lot of science which consists of plugging and chugging. Of course there are exceptions to this.
This is kind of ridiculous. The thing is, to get a 30 on the MCAT, you need to have taken classes. You need to have studied and memorized. I grant that your argument that this might not be so valuable is not necessarily a bad one. But I think, as has been said over and over, comparing these and saying one is harder than the other is futile. I mean... for some people, the 170+ on the LSAT took literally zero time, whereas a good score on the MCATs would take tons and tons of studying. Similarly, there are people who could prep for the MCATs pretty quickly but find that they'd have trouble getting over 170 with literally unlimited prep.
Also, while the LSAT does involve written arguments and the like, it's not as though people show up to take the exam with their paintbrushes and easels. I mean... taking an argument, removing the actual terms to break it down to A--->(B&C), C--->D, ~D /: ~A doesn't seem too much different from having memorized a bunch of rules about how molecules interact.
Also, I don't think pigeons can do integration. Also not
subtle "I went to Yale" bragging?