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  1. #1 Need help on Abstract Reasoning!!! 
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    I'm gonna do the UKCAT and I need help with abstract reasoning, please show me some links of abstract reasoning tests and tips, please call out for help from one logic thinker to others.


    "When man contemplates his future death, it is as if, by thinking of it, he renders it immediate. His defence is to deny it. He cannot deny that his body will die and rot - the evidence is too strong for that; so he solves the problem by the invention of the immortal soul" Desmond Morris
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    If you really want to get a hold of the concept of abstract reasoning, go to a modern art gallery and find some impressionist works.

    Without using concrete information from the subject, determine meaning from what you know and can reason.

    This may also help, too:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_object


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf
    If you really want to get a hold of the concept of abstract reasoning, go to a modern art gallery and find some impressionist works.

    Without using concrete information from the subject, determine meaning from what you know and can reason.

    This may also help, too:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_object
    Wiki has a very poor entry on that subject.

    Abstraction refers to abstracting the concept of a recognizable grouping versus an instance within the group. It is most often denoted by the articles in the language;

    an apple = abstract concept
    the apple = a particular instance of the concept.

    A human = abstract
    the person = an instance
    Sally = a "concrete" instance.

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    "Abstract Reasoning" refers to reasoning using only the concepts and not the instances.

    "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"

    That is an abstract assertion based on the abstract reasoning that apples improve health rather than any particular apple being responsible for improving health.

    The basic thing to keep in mind and look for is whether the reasoning is referring to the general concepts involved, or is it referring to a specific occurrence of an item.

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    "Abstract Art" refers to the effort to reveal a pattern without revealing any instance of it. This cannot be truly physically done and thus it is left up to the imagination to create patterns from implied patterns. This is why it is so often said that one must "interpret" the work for themselves. In effect, they are filling in missing pattern segments as their mind attempts to make a pattern where there wasn't one.

    A computer program can fill in all possible patterns and thus interpret abstract art into all possible interpretations. But without incentive being programmed into it, the computer could not choose one over another as preferred.

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    how about this link ?
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    wow, those are some terrible answers, you all completely misunderstood the question.
    There aren't really any websites offering help on the subject, but there are books available with practice questions and explanations. Also, there are websites offering the same, a popular one is onexamination.com, unfortunately all of these websites cost money, but if you ask, your school will often pay for them.
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    The AR pert of the test is all about identifying what the shapes have in common. They will always have something.
    If it doesn't work out for one question, sjip to the next, because the brain will often jump to a conclusion without your help.
    If anything, try to ignore the obvious, because that is always there to distract you.
    And good luck... it's an odd test, but just be yourself, and it'll do all the work.
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