ContextualCertainty

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1 Contextual Certainty • To be certain that an inductive conclusion is true, it must be confirmed by the totality of the context of your knowledge. • There is no other alternative conclusion which can be drawn based on the information you possess. • According to this view new knowledge doesn’t falsify old knowledge but appends it. Example 1 • Blood types were found to be compatible when making blood transfusions. – One can conclude that blood types are compatible all other factors being considered. – New information reveals that there is an additional factor (the RH factor) that must be
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Unformatted text preview: considered for blood transfusions to be successful. The new information doesnt change the older knowledge about blood types but adds to it. Example 2 Joan has reported that her car has been stolen. You interview neighbors and one of them reports seeing Jimmy the Snitch being around the vehicle just before it was reported missing. Another witness reports Jimmy driving the vehicle away. The vehicle is discovered one block from Jimmys home. Jimmys fingerprints are found inside the vehicle....
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This note was uploaded on 09/02/2011 for the course PHI 1623 taught by Professor Miller during the Spring '11 term at Santa Fe College.

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