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Isn't this similar to what we do whencounting and measuring what we see
at the bedside and when looking at lab results?
The end cannot justify the means,
for the simple and obvious reason
that the means employed determine
the nature of the end produced.
Aldous Huxley, 1937
What we should do, I suggest, is to give up
the idea of ultimate sources of knowledge,
and admit that all knowledge is human; that
it is mixed with our errors, our prejudices,
our dreams, and our hopes; that all
we can do is to grope for truth even
though it be beyond our reach.
Sir Karl Raimund Popper, 1960
The conclusion of your syllogism,
I said lightly, is fallacious, being
based upon licensed premises.
Flann O'Brien (Brian O'Nolan), 1911-1966
( Chapter 1 in At Swim-Two-Birds)
Our clinical conclusions are as well!
That's the beauty of the argument -
if you argue correctly, you're never wrong.
Aaron Eckhart (Nick Taylor), 2005
in the Jason Reitman satirical film, , Thank You for Smoking
Introductory Comments
For philosophers, reasoning means “thinking leading to the conclusion.” Isn't
this what physicians do all the time?
Once we know the patient's chief and other complaints or reasons bring-
ing him or her under our care, we usually try to solve several problems
when taking his or her medical, occupational, social, and other history, per-
forming a physical examination and evaluating his or her mental state:
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