Both inductive and deductive reasoning are important and useful; they are essentially two sides of the same coin. Deductive reasoning starts with a premise and works toward a conclusion, working from the general to a specific conclusion. Inductive reasoning does the opposite. It works from specifics to a more general conclusion.
- Create both a valid and sound deductive and an inductive argument.
- Which of your arguments do you think is stronger?
- Why do you think this is the case? Is one type of argument always stronger than the other?
- Is one type of argument more useful than the other? Why is this the case?