Posted by **B.B.** on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 10:03am.

Can someone explain this question is about deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning. I say the answer is deductive reasoning. Is this correct?

Question: All United States Presidents have come from the original 48 states. No person from Alaska can be President.

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**PsyDAG**, Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 10:59am
First of all, you have not posted a question.

Since it goes from the general to the specific, it is deductive.

However, it is a fallacy. Just because nobody from Alaska has been President (past) does not mean that nobody can become President (future).

How about Hawaii?

I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.

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**B.B.**, Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 11:05am
Yes we have a President from there. It did not say anything about Hawaii. Thanks for your help. So then you are saying it is deductive not inductive?

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**PsyDAG**, Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 10:10am
Yes, inductive starts from basic information to develop a rule. Deductive goes from basic rule to come to a conclusion about a specific situation.

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