Monthly Archives: February 2016

Abduction, Deduction, Induction, Analogy, Inquiry : 6

Re: Peter Woit • Beyond Experiment There is a lot of misunderstanding about the requirement of falsifiability.  At root it is simply the idea that an empirical law is not a logical tautology.  I don’t see any reason to dispense … Continue reading

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Abduction, Deduction, Induction, Analogy, Inquiry : 5

Re: Peter Woit • Beyond Experiment Peirce is simply describing the process by which we seize on an initial hypothesis or model.  That choice will in practice be influenced by all sorts of previous experiences with the phenomenon in question … Continue reading

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Abduction, Deduction, Induction, Analogy, Inquiry : 4

Re: Facebook Discussion • Steven Wallis Peirce sought to understand what all varieties of inquiry, ranging from everyday reasoning and problem solving to full-fledged scientific method, have in common.  Taking a cue from Aristotle he developed a model of inquiry … Continue reading

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Abduction, Deduction, Induction, Analogy, Inquiry : 3

Re: R.J. Lipton and K.W. Regan • Waves, Hazards, Guesses Aristotle’s apagoge, variously translated as abduction, reduction, or retroduction, is a form of reasoning common to two types of situations.  It may be (1) the operation by which a phenomenon … Continue reading

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Homunculomorphisms • 2

Re: John Baez • The Internal Model Principle There’s a far-ranging discussion that takes off from this point, touching on links among analogical reasoning, arrows and functors, cybernetic images, iconic versus symbolic representations, mental models, systems simulations, etc., and just … Continue reading

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Homunculomorphisms • 1

Re: John Baez • The Internal Model Principle Ashby’s book was my own first introduction to cybernetics and I recently returned to his discussion of regulation games in connection with some issues in Peirce’s theory of inquiry. In that context … Continue reading

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Problems In Philosophy • 5

Re: Michael Harris • Are Your Colleagues Zombies? What makes a zombie a legitimate object of philosophical inquiry is its absence of consciousness.  And today’s question is whether mathematical research requires consciousness, or whether it could just as well be … Continue reading

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