It can be inferred from the passage that the author would describe the method Lowe used to construct a step–by–step c...

DavidClimber on March 14, 2020

Why B not A?

I do have taken notice that author says that if there is a central flaw. So why B not A?

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AndreaK on March 15, 2020

Hi @DavidClimber,

Unfortunately, I'm having trouble seeing this question on my end. Are you able to tell what the test, section, and question number is? Then, I'd be happy to help you!

BenMingov on March 19, 2020

Hi DavidClimber, thanks for the question.

The reason that answer choice A is incorrect is that the author never once indicated nor said that Lowe's approach is daringly innovative. Additionally, he said if there is a central flaw, then the author expands on what that flaw might be. Lowe's method is not necessarily flawed.

Answer choice B is correct because the method by which Lowe conducted his study on the Mayan collapse is generally accepted. If we look at line 5, it says that previous investigators used the same methods. Additionally, the whole point of bringing up the "if there is a central flaw" portion is to make it clear that there are still some questions that need to be answered. In other words, "questionable".

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

zachmorley2 on November 30, 2020

I do not see where the passage remotely states that Lowe's theory is "generally accepted"

devon on April 8, 2023

What about the discourse on "unscientific but effective"? Is it not the case that Lowe's study is effective in it being plausible but unscientific in it being built on assumption that can't be confirmed?

Emil-Kunkin on April 9, 2023

Hi, I don't think we have any support for the idea that Lowe is unscientific. Ultimately he uses the best available evidence, and makes a key assumption. In archeology the threat of new evidence is even present, but that does not necessarily make it unscientific.