Purely Deductive Analysis
One can analyze any problem or issue using facts and data.
But the problem with this approach is that the data analysis
or empirical researches need to make some definitions before
any data can be collected. But then the definitins can and are
at the mercy of the person defining the terms. The data
collected is then already skewed. Even if the data collection
defintions are more or less reasonable, a questionable
assumption, the conclusions can be different depending on the
personalities of the analysts and their own propensites and
likes and dislikes. Here is an example:
How many Americans are below the poverty line? This depends on the Povery Line
income defintion and then depends on colleting income data before we can arrive at any
conclusion. But the income data defintions will be hard to define not to speak of collecting the
data based on those. So you will easily come up with competing estimates of the number of
Americans below the Poverty Line, such as it is. This is why in those presidential and other
debates all kinds of claims and counter claims are made. As you can now see that is
simply the result of different defintins used and different data collections based on those
definitions and clearly depends on the users of those defintions and the data collected based on
those. But in some situations the empirical appraoch is the only approach available as in the
But in most of my articles here I will simply try to use a deductive approach
wihout any use of any facts or figures at all. My method is to bring up very
relevant questions and show the inconsistencies inherent in our approaches
to problem solving of any kind. This is not to say I am unaware of the inherent
difficulties in our approaches. Just that a better approach is available,
although it may require major efforts on our parts which may or may
not be available or forthcoming at this point. I am also aware of the fact
that in some cases it is actually Politicaly Incorret to use the correct
deductive approach for the supposedly common good of all.
My position is only to point out an approach or offer an anlysis and is
not to start any campaign or struggle to bring about the correct approach.
I am not interested in any struggles or efforts. Basically my approach is
that of an analyst and not that of a reformer. This is strictly an apolitical
approach. I have no desire to correct anybody or to change anything or
to bring about anything.
I am also aware that not all persons can follow such a stricitly analytical
and cold approach. Indeed, that is not even neccesay and requires a
very strict regimen of trainig to develop such an approach.
Thank you for your interest!