Yes. You are referring to empirical induction, as opposed to mathematical induction.(Original post by mikesgt2)
From what I understand of mathematical proof by induction, it is different to what I was refering to above.
What I was refing to was about arriving at probable principles from past experience (like that the sun will rise tommorow.) Mathematical proof by induction is not concerned with experience; rather, it assumes a general case and shows that if this is true then the next one is true. These are two different things aren't they?
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- 31-01-2004 11:06
- 31-01-2004 13:43
ooopss big mistake dint see taht first time around! thanks guys. what other ideas can we use in this essay, u know them areas of knowing.... so far i included mathematics, physics and history... are there any others that any of you are using?
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- 08-02-2004 02:18
From Gödel Escher Bash, an Eternal Golden Braid , by Hofstadter:
[conversation between Achilles and the Tortoise]