What a marvellous blog (long and luxurious) of which this is a perfect example. http://justifiedbelief.com/2013/10/15/hypothetical-reasoning-disjunctive-inference/ The answer, by the way is to recognise 'contrivance'. The question is logical, designed to get you reasoning, but it is abstracted from lived experience. In other words, they are setting you up to think "front brain" rationally for a... Continue Reading →
From Deductive to Inductive to Abductive …?
Three ways of thinking that it's definitely worth getting your head around. Not the best descriptions of each I've ever read, but conveniently, all three on one Wikipedia page: Deductive reasoning (deduction) allows deriving b from a only where b is a formal logical consequence of a. In other words, deduction derives the consequences of... Continue Reading →