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Thread: Hypothetical - Criminal Investigation

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    Re: Hypothetical - Criminal Investigation

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Hypothetically, a crime happens. There are 10 different potential criminals.

    Take your pick.
    A. But, why is there a poll about this. Surely, everybody would pick A.

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    Re: Hypothetical - Criminal Investigation

    Quote Originally Posted by Mell View Post
    A. But, why is there a poll about this. Surely, everybody would pick A.
    Read the thread.

    The question he really wanted to ask wasn't even in the poll.
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    Re: Hypothetical - Criminal Investigation

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    If that's your question, why the hell did you ask a completely different one?
    Simple. I was able to replace key parts of the question with completely out of the blue subjects but retained the exact same principle thinking behind them. The obvious choice for this poll is to investigate. Except the same logic doesn't hold for some people when it comes to functionally the same thinking on another topic. It is a logical inconsistency to treat functionally the same thinking process differently on two subjects that have the same underlying logic.

    We obviously investigate who did it. But some people here on some topics just pick what factor they want to be true rather then actually figure out if it caused the outcome. Here crime and say, economic activity are the outcomes. The suspects are the same as various economic events. Why would we treat our thinking behind them any differently? But some people here do and treat those who actually want to investigate with utter contempt. Now the real question is why do they flip their thinking when the underlying logic is identical?
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    Re: Hypothetical - Criminal Investigation

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Simple. I was able to replace key parts of the question with completely out of the blue subjects but retained the exact same principle thinking behind them. The obvious choice for this poll is to investigate. Except the same logic doesn't hold for some people when it comes to functionally the same thinking on another topic. It is a logical inconsistency to treat functionally the same thinking process differently on two subjects that have the same underlying logic.

    We obviously investigate who did it. But some people here on some topics just pick what factor they want to be true rather than actually figure out if it caused the outcome. Here crime and say, economic activity are the outcomes. The suspects are the same as various economic events. Why would we treat our thinking behind them any differently? But some people here do and treat those who actually want to investigate with utter contempt. Now the real question is why do they flip their thinking when the underlying logic is identical?
    An entirely valid point, but...

    You could simply have laid out the comparison in your OP, asked the poll question more directly, and achieved much the same result - but without confusing people, or making them wonder why you were taking such a roundabout route.
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    Re: Hypothetical - Criminal Investigation

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    An entirely valid point, but...

    You could simply have laid out the comparison in your OP, asked the poll question more directly, and achieved much the same result - but without confusing people, or making them wonder why you were taking such a roundabout route.
    Not really. Well, maybe now. The people I generally try to catch know that something's fishy. I sometimes try to ge them to vote first before springing the trap to show how they are logically inconsistent. But they usually just run away. So you do have a good point.
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