Deductive Reasoning

Reason can be casually defined as the making sense of things. For as many bad ideas that are out there bouncing around from generation to generation trying to make sense of this world, it is comforting to know that there are some basic rules that can help us understand the way things really are. There is a referee of sorts that keeps ideas in check if we are willing to listen. Reason is governed by the rules of logic.  Fundamentally, there are several types of reasoning: deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning to name a few; but arguably the most powerful is deductive reasoning. All minds, both great and small, use deductive arguments as we go about our daily lives. Let’s look at the deductive form of reasoning so that we can better understand the structures that we use to think and solve problems.

Deductive reasoning is a kind of thinking…

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