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on November 6 at 03:11AM


Can you please expand on why D is wrong? Author of passage B seems to disagree with passage A because B states that the claim that chimpanzees do not have the ability to attribute to another' mind is called into question by new research, whereas passage A says that it's irrefutable that chimpanzees do not intentionally communicate in order to convey thoughts but communication is inadvertent.

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Irina on November 6 at 05:16PM


(D) is wrong because the author of passage A believes that chimpanzees could attribute mental states to others - "most animals, with the possible exception of chimpanzees, cannot attribute mental states to others." (lines 10-11). Passage A makes a distinction between intentional communication and an ability to attribute mental states.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thursday at 03:29AM

@Irina, you did not address the point I am trying to understand. Passage A says that chimpanzees cannot attribute mental states to others intentionally (it's inadvertent) and passage B states that what is called into question is also "the accompanying assumption that animals respond
.mechanically to stimuli, whereas humans speak with
(65)conscious understanding and intent."