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A person who is wholly unmethodical is crazy to think at all, and cannot make those thoughts to correspond with the world. The grounding of inquiry on dependable observation or agreed-upon truths or reasons, without which such necessities as deduction, induction, judgement and verification cannot be discovered, becomes meaningless. For example, we establish the form of a given proposition by determining what its contradiction or negation would look like. In other words, it must be clear that to insert ‘not’ into a proposition does in truth negate it.

This sounds so obvious as to be silly. But it is the only way we can be sure of what we are saying. Something is the case or is not the case, if we are to have ...

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