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Week 6: Individual Work

Week 6: Individual Work
  1. After reviewing pages 454-459, 432-436 of your textbook, respond to the following:
    • Identify the differences between deductive and inductive arguments.
    • Additionally, explain how misleading reasoning is used to influence others.
    • Then, select a topic of interest to you and explain how you would come up with a reliable sample for obtaining peoples’ opinions.
  2. Reference the section “Empirical Generalization,” on pages 457-458 of your textbook.  The key criteria for inductive arguments in establishing viable sample populations are:
    • Is the sample known?
    • Is the sample sufficient?
    • Is the sample representative?

Re-type and then respond to these questions.  Your response should consist of 1-2 pages.


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Identify the differences between deductive and inductive arguments.

Deductive argument is one area whereby it is unfeasible for the premises can be true but the conclusion can be false. For this reason, the conclusion follows necessarily the inferences and premises. Alternatively, inductive argument is where the premises must hold up the conclusion in ways such that if the premises are true, it will be doubtful for the conclusion to be false.  False premise can easily lead to false result and the inconclusive premises might also yield an inconclusive conclusion. It is difficult to understand everything…


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