The easiest inference in formal logic is called the Transitive Property:
If A → B, and B → C; then A → C.
(you can eliminate B)
Valid Inference (Transitive Property):
A → C
If A, then B: If I press the off button (A), then the generator will turn off (B).
If B, then C: If the generator is off (B), then the website will shut down (C).
If A, then C: If I press the off button (A), then the website will shut down (C).
What happens when you try to contrapose conditionals joined by conjunctions (and, or)?
Conditional statements sometimes have multiple entities for the sufficient or necessary joined by an and. When negating you have to turn the and into an or.
When two conditionals are joined by an or, the negation is now an and.
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See contrapositive in red. And becomes Or.
LM and H → DD
~DD → ~(LM or H)
Magician of Contraposition
This video consolidates everything we’ve covered. Watch how he contraposes conditionals joined with and. He pulls inferences like rabbits out of a hat. This is a challenging video so you might want to watch it twice to understand. This isn’t as hard as it looks once you get comfortable with it.
Conditionals w/Conjunctions Drills
If A’s delivery is earlier than B’s, then C’s delivery is earlier than D’s.
If Boris can’t find Groucho, he’ll Get Erin, instead. If Boris can’t get Groucho and can’t get Erin, then he will move on to the next store.
Whenever I am on the road, I get stomach aches and I can’t get Swedish meatballs.
Sherlock Holmes on Inferences
Every problem is absurdly simple when it is explained to you.
200 seconds of blazing inferences
0:16 Conclusion: Watson does not want to invest in South African securities.
1:06 Chalk between thumb to ease cue → play billiards.
1:30 Billiards → Thurston. Thurston → ask to invest in expiring option in South Africa.
1:44 Did not ask for checkbook → not invest in expiring option.
Therefore, he turned down the investment
2:09 No cases → Sherlock Holmes has “black moods”
2:29 Contrapositive: Sherlock Holmes is cheerful → has a case