Help on LR Q--thank you for input in advance :)

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Help on LR Q--thank you for input in advance :)

Postby LSAT_Padawan » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:43 am

Why is the correct answer "D?"

Taylor: Researchers at a local university claim that 61 percent of the information transferred during a conversation is communicated through nonverbal signals. But this claim, like all such mathematically precise claims, is suspect, because claims of such exactitude could never be established by science.
Sandra: While precision is unobtainable in many areas of life, it is commpnplace in others. Many scientific disciplines obtain extremely precise results, which should not be doubted merely because of their precision.

The statements above provide the most support for holding that Sandra would disagree with Taylor about which one of the following statements?

(A) Research might reveal that 61 percent of the information taken in during a conversation is communicated through nonverbal signals.
(B) It is possible to determine whether 61 percent of the information taken in during a conversation is communicated through nonverbal signals.
(C) The study of verbal and nonverbal communication is an area where one cannot expect great precision in one's research results.
(D) Some sciences can yiedl mathematically precise results that are not inherently suspect.
(E) If inherently suspect claims are usually false, thaen the majority of claims made by scientists are false as well.

I think I got this one wrong because I did not fully understand the question stem, "The statement above provide the most support for holding that Sandra would disagree with Taylor about which one of the following statements? So I should be looking for a statement in which Sandra totally would disagree with, right? I picked (A) but the correct answer is (D) Some sciences can yield mathematically precise results that are not inherently suspect. I don't get why its "D."

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Re: Help on LR Q--thank you for input in advance :)

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:19 am

(A) is incorrect b/c just b/c research might reveal 61% is communicated, that does not mean that result is reliable. Both Sandra and Taylor could agree with (A).

(D) is correct b/c it is at the heart of the disagreement between Taylor and Sandra. Taylor believes such precise claims can NOT be established by science. Sandra believes there are at least some fields within science that CAN establish such precise claims.

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Re: Help on LR Q--thank you for input in advance :)

Postby spearnreel » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:35 am

Just get the LR bible. Point at issue questions are usually the most easiest in terms of difficulty and the LR bible does of good job of explaining how to attack them.

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Re: Help on LR Q--thank you for input in advance :)

Postby FreeGuy » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:35 pm

Where is this question from?

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Postby tikiman6 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:09 am

A is incorrect, because Taylor may very well agree that research will find that 61% of communication is through nonverbal signals. He simply believes that this research isn't reliable.

D on the other hand captures the disagreement at hand. Taylor thinks that the research cannot be conclusive due to its precision, while Sandra believes that precision is not enough to rule something out as reliable, therefore they will disagree over whether mathematically precise results are inherently suspect.

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Re: Help on LR Q--thank you for input in advance :)

Postby Shrimps » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:46 am

Taylor: "such exactitude could never be established by science"
Sandra: "such exactitude could sometimes be established by science"

With "point at issue" questions you MUST identify firmly what the two are disagreeing about. Only then go to the answer choices. Since the disagreement has nothing whatsoever to do with the study that Taylor mentioned, answers A, B, C are obviously irrelevant.

(E) is way out there.




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