QUESTION TEXT: Outsiders in any field often believe that they can…
QUESTION TYPE: Most Strongly Supported
- Creativity must be grounded in relevant experience, because:
- Problems solved ➞ understanding ➞ experience
ANALYSIS: I found this question hard, because I was overthinking it. It’s actually might simple. The final sentence says that to solve problems in a field, you need understanding, which requires experience.
Answer C says the above pretty directly. That’s all there is to it. Outsiders are wrong to think they can find creative solutions, because they lack experience.
I think one reason I found this hard is because I was trying to contradict the stimulus. I was thinking of real life examples where outsiders created solutions. This is not useful thinking on the LSAT. Don’t contradict the stimulus.
- This doesn’t follow. Experience is necessary, true. But that doesn’t mean that more experience always leads to creativity.
It’s like how you need to breathe to take the LSAT, but more breathing than normal isn’t necessarily helpful.
- Not so. Experience is a necessary condition for creativity, but creativity might be rare enough that only a small percentage of those with experience are creative.
- CORRECT. You need experience to solve problems. The stimulus’ final sentence says this.
I don’t think there’s much more to say. I found this question hard, but only because I was overthinking it. It’s actually really simple – the final sentence of the stimulus completely justifies this answer.
- The stimulus say nothing of the sort. It’s quite possible that a complex domain requires more complex experience before someone can be creative.
- Not quite. It’s true that outsiders need experience for creativity. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that all responsibility requires creativity. You might be able to give an outsider responsibility in a well defined position.
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