The reason music with a simple recurring rhythm exerts a strong primordial appeal is that it reminds us of the womb e...

Lori on May 18, 2017

Why A and not D?

I was having trouble distinguishing the main conclusion from a sub conclusion.

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Mehran on May 27, 2017

@knoxygirl the easiest way to distinguish between a main conclusion and a subsidiary conclusion is to ask yourself which one supports the other.

The main conclusion will not support whereas the subsidiary conclusion will support the main conclusion.

So let's take a look at these two conclusions here and use this test:

Conclusion 1: "The reason music with a simple recurring rhythm exerts a strong primordial appeal is that it reminds us of the womb environment."

Conclusion 2: "Thus it is extremely natural that in seeking sensations of warmth and security throughout life, people would be strongly drawn toward simple recurring rhythmic sounds."

Notice here that Conclusion 2 supports Conclusion 1, so Conclusion 2 is our subsidiary conclusion and Conclusion 1 is our main conclusion.

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.