Sherlock Holmes was an idiot

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He didn't even realise he was using induction not deduction.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but deduction is an ancillary of critical rationalism, which was discovered by Karl Popper as a rebuke to induction (logical positivism) as favoured by the Vienna circle during the 1930s.

When did Sherlock live? Is he even real?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but deduction is an ancillary of critical rationalism, which was discovered by Karl Popper as a rebuke to induction (logical positivism) as favoured by the Vienna circle during the 1930s.

When did Sherlock live? Is he even real?
Deduction means to reason from the general to the particular, assuming the premise is true the conclusion is absolutely certain. Sherlock Holmes almost never did this, he used induction which is uncertain and appeals to probability. You are correct with respect to history, I am talking about the so called brilliance of the fictional character.
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Deduction means to reason from the general to the particular, assuming the premise is true the conclusion is absolutely certain. Sherlock Holmes almost never did this, he used induction which is uncertain and appeals to probability. You are correct with respect to history, I am talking about the so called brilliance of the fictional character.
Are you saying that Sherlock was dumb for using this logic? Should he have used deductive logic? Is it even possible to use deductive logo in that kind of detective investigation?
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Are you saying that Sherlock was dumb for using this logic? Should he have used deductive logic? Is it even possible to use deductive logo in that kind of detective investigation?
I am saying the author who wrote such an interesting character who was an 'astute logical reasoner' didn't even know the difference between these two elementary terms, which is rather amusing, given logics obsession with the correct form.
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I am saying the author who wrote such an interesting character who was an 'astute logical reasoner' didn't even know the difference between these two elementary terms, which is rather amusing, given logics obsession with the correct form.
You know what they say, if you're good at English, you're bad at maths and vice versa!
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He was often out of his mind on heroin, so it's easy to see how he made the mistake.
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You know what they say, if you're good at English, you're bad at maths and vice versa!
Where is maths involved?
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He was often out of his mind on heroin, so it's easy to see how he made the mistake.
I thought it was cocaine?
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Where is maths involved?

Oh that's a good question. Logic in itself is inherently related to maths. You could argue it's both related to maths and English. The number 4 is mathematical but is the word 'four' not as mathematical as 4?
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I thought it was cocaine?
He took it by IV, so I always assumed it was heroin, but possibly.
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He uses both, but he basically acknowledges that there is a possibility that he doesn't have all the information so there is a chance that his logical premises are wrong.
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