Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT: June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Sweet! I totally noticed the phrase "semblance of rigor" on my first readthrough, because it seemed to me that the author was busting Temple's balls. Here's my summary of the entire passage, if you need a refresher. I think this question should be a piece of cake.
A. Hmm. I don't like the phrase "despite his attempts to use strict scientific methodology." Did the passage say that Temple was trying to be good scientist? I don't think it did. I'll read through the other four answers before spending any more time with this one.
B. No, the author wasn't like "it would be impossible to prove this." Rather, the author was skeptical of the methods Temple actually used. This one is out.
C. No, the passage never told us whether Temple's other research was any better than his dodo-Calvaria research. This is out.
D. Yep. When the author said "semblance of rigor," he was implying that Temple was padding his research with "superficially" scientific experiments that served only to support his own hypothesis. I like this one because it accurately captures the ball-busting the author was trying to deliver to Temple.
E. No, the author did not think that Temple was "precise." Quite the opposite.
Our answer is D, because it's the best description of the grounds on which the author was criticizing Temple.
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