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Faulty Logic?A story was posted on another site (which I participate in under the user name "SKB") which purported to illustrate an example of fallacious, circular reasoning. However, in reading the story, it seems to me that the logic did yield a sound and correct results, even though I can see why it is being called faulty logic. Love is what matters most! #2 20070205 14:50:53
Re: Faulty Logic?Our natural thought process is so intuitive, that it can be actually hard to find out how we think. "In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..." #3 20070205 20:29:44
Re: Faulty Logic?I think it is past experience that teaches us. I can easily imagine giving the answer to a child who would then say "oh, yeah!", and they would then know for life what causes those shapes. "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #4 20070207 03:05:34
Re: Faulty Logic?A correct conclusion is absolutely no garuntee of correct reasoning. A logical argument can be broken down into premises, and conclusions. A valid logical argument is one where the conclusions neccessarily follow from the premises, and a sound logical argument is a valid argument whose premises are true. Last edited by Dross (20070207 21:44:18) Bad speling makes me [sic] 