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Kaustubh Katdare • May 1, 2012

The Science Of Deduction & Deductive Reasoning

After watching the Sherlock series on BBC; I searched a bit for the science of deduction and whether there are anyone existing theories that let you do the effective deduction. But it looks like there aren't any. While we know that what we see in the Sherlock series is pure imagination; do you think it's possible to do that?

I believe yes! If my memory serves me correctly, it was the Deep Blue computer that used this technique to calculate opponent's next move and based its current decision on the best possible outcome it'd expect from the opponent. It's possible, but it may not be possible for the human brain. We're limited by the number of calculations we can do and the number of memory areas we can access effectively to unlock all the information required for the logical reasoning.

Do you think there exists something called the 'science of deduction'? If yes, can we come up with simple examples where this technique can be applied? I'm quite sure if we can learn something from this discussion; it will help all of us 😀
Ankita Katdare • May 1, 2012
I have read that there is a subtle difference between deduction and induction. Both of them are just two different types of inference, but both equally important.

Sherlock Holmes is always associated with deduction, yet many of his ‘deductions’ were actually inductive interpretations based on evidence.

I would like to see a few examples here from the science of deduction, that we can use in practical life. Anyone?
Anoop Kumar • May 2, 2012
Here are very interesting steps :

1. Observe everything.
2. From what you observe, deduce everything.
3. When you will eliminate the impossibilities, whatever remains, no matter how mad it might seem, must be the truth.
Steps looks awesome to me😀 .

source : Some case studies also there.
Ankita Katdare • May 2, 2012
ianoop
Here are very interesting steps :

1. Observe everything.
2. From what you observe, deduce everything.
3. When you will eliminate the impossibilities, whatever remains, no matter how mad it might seem, must be the truth.
Steps looks awesome to me😀 .

source : Some case studies also there.
Yep. That is Sherlock's official blog featured in the BBC series.
There is a personal blog of Dr. Watson too: https://www.johnwatsonblog.co.uk/

Can the science of deduction be used in academics too? Like for example we deduce chemical equations?
Anoop Kumar • May 2, 2012