Gilbert: This food label is mistaken. It says that these cookies contain only natural ingredients, but they contain ...

on October 22, 2019


You probably hear this question a lot...but, the answer choice that strengthens the argument does not have to be objectively true outside of the stimulus, right? IE...even though alphahydroxy acid is found in sugargane, if it is chemically manufactured and not derived directly from blending sugarcane into the cookie batter mix or extracting the chemical from sugarcane directly then it is not indeed natural.

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Ben on October 22, 2019

Hi Tomgbean, thanks for the question!

When you are strengthening or weakening a stimulus, you are not concerned with the validity or truthfulness of the answer choices. You are taking them as true, and seeing which one of them would fulfill the specified task.

And as a side note, you are never concerned about real world truthfulness of statements on the LSAT, just the logic behind them!

Hope this helps!