Today is Good Friday, which of course means that this Sunday is Easter Sunday. If you observe Passover, you’re still forgoing leavened bread. This weekend also marks about seven weeks until the June LSAT. In other words, it’s a busy time.
You have to keep up with your LSAT studies, but that doesn’t mean you have to devote your entire weekend to the cursed test. There’s time to spend eating (or performing science experiments on) various kinds of rabbit-shaped and egg-shaped candies, or attending services with your family. Whatever you need to do.
This weekend even brings some LSAT prep lessons. Remember Easter egg hunts? When you’re trying to find an Easter egg, you’re looking for places the egg might be hidden more than you’re looking for the egg itself. That bush over there looks like a good spot, and sure enough, there’s an egg. If you’ve ever had to find the afikoman, you, too, know what I’m talking about.
This can be a good strategy on the LSAT, especially for finding flaws in arguments. Is there a study, or a poll, in the argument? Then there’s a pretty good chance that a sampling flaw or some other problem with the study lurks in the shadows. Does the argument ever mention something that’s made up of many smaller parts? There might be a composition flaw in there. If the argument’s conclusion claims that something causes something else, the odds are very good that there’s a causal flaw.
As you learn about LSAT logical fallacies, don’t just think about why they’re bad logic. Look for where the authors of the LSAT hide that questionable reasoning. After all, it’s way easier to find something, whether it be an egg, a piece of matzo, or a logical fallacy, if you know where to look.