March 28, 2016 at 11:26 am #1630Mike KimKeymaster
Okay — so, here’s a little mental exercise for you — please humor me and take a minute to run through it (and try not to overthink it) —
1) Please start by picking an integer greater than 0 and less than 10.
2) Next, multiply that integer by 9.
3) Whatever your results is, add up the digits. (Ex: 14 = 1+4 = 5)
4) Subtract 5.
5) Think of the letter in the alphabet that correlates to that number (A=1, B=2, etc.)
6) Think of a country that begins with that letter.
7) Take the second letter in that country’s name.
8) Think of an animal that begins with that letter.
9) Think of the color of that animal.
Thank you for running through that with me.
And some of you will be a bit disappointed when I say this, but others of you might be pleasantly surprised (I hope)…
But there are no gray elephants in Denmark.
So, some of you may have reached a conclusion about gray elephants in Denmark as the result of all your mental processing and not know how I could have predicted it, others of you may have gotten to that same answer and know exactly how I could have predicted it, and still others of you likely got to a very different result (about ostriches in the Dominican Republic or something like that, perhaps).
In any case, I do think the fun of the above exercise is in seeing how it works — in studying how it seemingly presents opportunities for free thought, but yet leads one on what turns out to be a predestined path —
LSAT q’s, by the nature of their design, work in exactly the same way, and if you are a nerd like me, I think it can be very fun (and extremely beneficial) to deconstruct LSAT problems in exactly the same way.
Wishing everyone a good week of prep —
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