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There is 'logical' and there is 'psycho-logical'

Video emphasises the difference between logic and human reasoning.

Reasoning logically

What we are doing is exploring how readily people appreciate logical arguments and, hopefully, you will have been able to figure out that the fact that ‘I got wet’ does not necessitate the conclusion that ‘It’s raining’.

In fact, this particular puzzle is a classic example of an illogical, invalid argument. To explore this in more depth would take us further into logic and further away from the cognitive psychology of human reasoning.

For this reason, if you want to pursue this topic please use your favourite search engine type in ‘syllogisms’ and all will be revealed.

In moving forwards we will next consider how clearly there is more to human reasoning than logic!

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Introduction to Cognitive Psychology: An Experimental Science

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