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The Logical Leap by David Harriman
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Nov 17, 11

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The reliability of induction as a method for understanding the world is deeply contested, and in this book the author presents evidence and explanations to help clarify what induction is and why it's important for human understanding.

The book blends Ayn Rand's thoughts on concept-formation as well as historical accounts of the major advances in physics (and chemistry). It also explains the failures of skepticism and empiricism in understanding induction and its reliability.

If you've ever wondered how we can make "logical leaps" in forming general explanations about the world from finite observations, then this book can help explain how the leap is made, and why it's a valid approach to take.
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