False Premise

A premise is a proposition (often self-evident) from which another follows. An argument which starts with a false premise and draws consistent inferences from there is valid in logic, though its conclusions will almost always be wrong.F12

An argument based on a false premise from which an incorrect inference is drawn has a greater chance of stumbling upon the right conclusion: I will find the way home by following the local ley lines, so we will get there safely.


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Different Premises, False Inference.

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Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was a cultural historian and economist, based in London, England. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a pioneer of post-growth economics, and a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, 'Lean Logic' and 'Surviving the Future', published posthumously in 2016. These in turn inspired the 2020 launches of both BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong's feature film about Fleming's perspective and legacy - 'The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?' - and Sterling College's unique 'Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time' online courses. For more information on all of the above, including Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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