Slothful Induction

The part that struck me as the most interesting thing that we read in class was the section about slothful induction. it is about denying something that obviously happened.

Hugo has had twelve accidents in the last six months, yet he insists that it is just a
coincidence and not his fault. (Inductively, the evidence is overwhelming that it is his
fault. This example borrowed from Barker, p. 189) [pg. 3]

I particularly liked this example because it made me laugh and made me think of how often I have come across this form of induction. I think that this is the easiest form of induction because to use it you just have to deny that whatever happened is not your fault.

2 thoughts on “Slothful Induction”

  1. I think a lot of people do this to avoid or ty to avoid upsetting other people because we don’t want to have to deal with that. For example if two people go out and get in trouble they might both tell their parents that it was the other persons idea so they only get in trouble for agreeing to go. It usually doesn’t help because they eventually find out the truth and then are even more upset so really all it does is buys people time

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