infer all you want

the mind is not inductive, as shakespeare’s contemporary francis bacon suggested thinking should be.  we do not patiently wait for all available evidence before advancing as short an additional distance as possible to our conclusion.  instead, we hastily construct inferences that reach well beyond what we find and that nevertheless, as in this case, thanks to the writer’s skill, hit home.  p. 10 On the Origin of Stories:  Evolution, Cognition and Fiction

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