QUESTION TEXT: People are usually interested in, and often even…
QUESTION TYPE: Paradox
PARADOX: People are interested in anecdotes, not statistics. Anecdotes are inaccurate. Yet people’s statistical beliefs are usually accurate.
ANALYSIS: The questions says that we like anecdotes. However, the question doesn’t say that we change our beliefs based on anecdotes.
We might just like listening to anecdotes, and being emotionally moved by them. But that doesn’t mean they’re how we form beliefs about society. Small distinctions like this are crucial on the LSAT.
This is a hard question. The right answer doesn’t fully resolve the paradox: we still don’t know how people form accurate beliefs about society if they rarely pay attention to statistics.
- This statement is often true, but you’re not looking for an answer that’s true. You want something that resolves the paradox above.
- CORRECT. The stimulus said that we’re moved by anecdotes, but it didn’t actually say that we change our beliefs based on them. This answer suggests people don’t use anecdotes to determine their beliefs. So this reduces the chance we use misleading anecdotes to form our beliefs about society.
- This doesn’t explain anything. If an anecdote is both compelling and misleading, then people would get the wrong beliefs. But the stimulus says that people largely have correct beliefs.
- This doesn’t tell us that statistics actually influence us. Whether or not statistics are comprehensible, the stimulus said we ignore them.
- This doesn’t tell us anything about statistics or anecdotes. It’s just a statement about how people react to other people. That doesn’t help – we’re trying to find out how people form beliefs about society.
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