When we infer things, we reach conclusions based on the use of evidence and reason. Not all of our inferences are correct, of course, but they tend to be correct more often than not. Because it is frequently more difficult to find situations that are purely deductive, we tend to use inductive reasoning and inference much more often, even knowing that it can sometimes lead to incorrect conclusions.
- Consider a time when you used inference (evidence and reason) to solve a problem.
- Define the problem that you were experiencing.
- What sort of evidence did you use to solve the problem? Explain your reasoning to the solution you came to.
- Did your solution work? Were your inferences correct, or did they need to be modified? Why or why not?