Post Number:#31 August 6th, 2011, 4:42 pm
Wittgenstoned wrote:But Meleagar, you are mixing things together. Logic is simply the science of the abstract rules of reasoning. It is an idealized model. Logic is not the cognitive processes we reason with when we don't do formal logic.
Yes, it is. It's called informal logic.
And the principle of bivalence is not something that everybody accepts. And yes, we often decide things via some kind of logical computation, but the actual empirical observation itself, which is a condition that precedes the logical calculation, is not itself bound by logic.
I didn't say empirical observations are bound by anything; I said that unless the interpretation of the observation is guided by logic, such interpretations cannot lead to any meaningful theories or conclusions about what the data means.
No body is denying that logic plays a role, but you seem to make some sweeping statements that make it sound like you adhere to some kind of extreme rationalism, where we via logic gets to know the world. That is not true as it stands.
Unfortunately, without a logical framework and argument for the above claim, all it can be is manipulative rhetoric.