How does induction relate to storylines?

Storylines are mind maps structured using logic

Induction is a logical process whereby a person ‘induces' a conclusion by observing patterns in examples or cases. The person then suggests that because the examples ‘work' your recommendation which fits the criteria of the examples will also ‘work'.

  • For example, because the sun has come up every day in history, we can induce that it is also likely to come up tomorrow.
  • Alternatively, we reasonably expect that this fire will be hot, as every fire that we have touched in the past has been hot.

When creating an inductive argument as a storyline, we are reflecting the inductive logical process into a diagram. Students of logic sometimes call this ‘working logic-book style'.

Building an inductive storyline involves creating a storyline diagram which represents a proposition in which the premises provide support for the probable truth of that proposition, or conclusion. In an inductive storyline the premises are intended to be collectively strong enough that the reader will conclude that the proposition (conclusion) is unlikely to be false.

It is possible that if one of the series of premises is inaccurate, the others may still be sufficient to support your conclusion. It will be weaker, but may still hold. For example, if you said that you should go to Greece for holidays because it is cheap, fun and sunny and your audience said they aren't looking for a cheap holiday, your recommendation to go to Greece may still stand, but not as strongly.



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