Madden: Industrialists address problems by simplifying them, but in farming that strategy usually leads to oversimpl...

on June 16 at 09:54PM

Answer D

Why is answer choice D wrong?

3 Replies

Ravi on June 17 at 08:19PM

@heidiz,

Happy to help. Let's look at (D).

(D) says, "Industrial solutions for problems in farming should never be sought."

It's reasonable to make the inference that farmers should be preferred
over industrialists when it comes to solving farming-related problems.
However, (D) makes an equivocation and states that industrial
solutions should not ever be sought in farming, so we can get rid of
this answer choice.

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Meredith on September 11 at 06:54PM

What do you mean by it making an equivocation? I picked D over B as well.

Skylar on September 21 at 03:45PM

@Meredith The term "equivocation" typically means using vague, ambiguous, evasive, or double-meaning language to mislead or to avoid answering directly. In terms of the LSAT, we need to watch out for equivocations and instead try to pick the clearest, most logically relevant answer choice.

When I eliminated D, I did so primarily because I felt it overcommitted the position of Madden. In the question prompt, Madden states "...that strategy USUALLY leads to oversimplification." The use of the term "usually" leaves room for a few exceptional cases in which the strategy may work well. Therefore, answer choice D's idea that "industrial solutions for problems in farming should NEVER be sought" is too strong of a statement for Madden to support.

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