Academic journal article et Cetera

The Structural Differential Diagram

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Structural Differential Diagram

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Part III

APPLICATIONS

THIS SECTION contains various applications of the structural differential, which illustrate how we think about events in everyday life.

These examples do not always show "good quality of transition" in going to higher levels of abstraction. They are only meant to show how some people get to their higher level abstractions. With each example, I provide a comment for clarification.

Although each of these examples shows the same pattern of attached and free-hanging strings in the parabola and object level disk, to be technically more accurate, each example should show a different pattern since we are dealing with different situations (and therefore different combinations of 'energies' of 'reality') in each example.

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Part II of this article appeared in ETC, vol. 60, no. 1, Spring 2003.

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Comment

A more appropriate inference would be, "Mona might be at home."

The conclusion is unjustified - the car could be in the driveway for other reasons.

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Comment

It is possible to look for something and not find it because you did not search well enough.

The conclusion is unjustified.

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Comment

The person who saw the smashed-in door jumped to an inference (a guess), jumped again, and then caught himself by noticing that he had jumped to a conclusion that was beyond what he really knew for a fact.

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Comment

This person is good at jumping from one inference to another without verifying the correctness of Inference One before going on to Inference Two.

There is no evidence to support his conclusion. …

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