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3.3 Deductive & Inductive Reasoning

3.3 Deductive & Inductive Reasoning
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    Logic is a fascinating and important topic. In this chapter, you are being given only a brief survey of logic. Even so, the examples and exercises are intended to show you the importance of using logic to analyze arguments in order to determine whether the reasoning is valid.

    In Aristotle's type of categorical syllogism, a syllogism is of the following form.

    Premise: All B are A All men are mortal.
    Premise: All C are B All Greeks are men.
    Premise: All C are A All Greeks are mortal.

    The premises and conclusion must be of the form "All A are B," "Some A are B," "No A are B," or "Some A are not B." The difference between this form and the modern "If P, then Q" form is one of wording. For instance, the above syllogism can be rewritten as follows.

    Premise: If a being is a man, then the being is mortal.
    Premise: If a being is a Greek, then the being is a man.
    Conclusion: If a being is a Greek, then the being is mortal.

    As you study Section 3.3, remember that the goal of the section is to give you a brief introduction to a classic topic. If you find the topic interesting, there are many ways in which you can learn more about logic, syllogisms, logical reasoning, and fallacies. You might even consider taking an entire course on logical reasoning. You could also search the Internet and find an introductory book on the subject.

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    Stephen Hawking is one of the world's leading scientists in both physics and cosmology. Among his 194 publications, he has written many bestselling books, including his most recent, The Grand Design, which was published in 2010.

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    Here is one possible syllogism.

    Premise: Any physical theory is always provisional in the sense that it is only a hypothesis; you can never prove it.
    Premise: Any theory of gravity is a physical theory.
    Conclusion: You can never prove any theory of gravity.

    This is surprising, isn't it ... especially when you consider that it is being said by a person who is considered to be one of the most brilliant physicists who ever lived.

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    Ron Larson (author)1 decade ago |
    Stephen Hawking is generally recognized as the greatest living physicist. He has achieved success with works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology. These include A Brief History of Time, which stayed on the British Sunday Times best-sellers list for a record-breaking 237 weeks