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December 03, 2003

Deduction vs. Induction

Question for readers. Please read the following definitions:

Induction: The process of deriving general principles from particular facts or instances.

Deduction: The process of reasoning in which a conclusion follows necessarily from the stated premises; inference by reasoning from the general to the specific.

Now, please answer these poll questions:

Which definition did you know?
I knew the definition for both
I knew the definition for induction
I knew the definition for deduction
I didn't know the definition for either
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Results so far: 81, 1, 8, 3....

I want to blog on the topic of deduction & inductive reasoning in our culture today in the near future, but am curious to get some data samples from GNXP readers to test a few hypotheses that are floating in my head....

Posted by razib at 11:12 PM