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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Friday, March 12, 2021 3:01:48 PM

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Reasoning from inheritance in garden peas to inheritance in fruit flies, and from these two species to inheritance in human beings, is sheer poetic metaphor.
Gary98
Posted: Friday, March 12, 2021 4:33:15 PM

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The law of inheritance is transcendent. It applies to garden peas, fruit flies and human beings quite the same. If there were a god, this must be HIS work.

He must be a genus who was able to figure out HIS work for us all.
thar
Posted: Friday, March 12, 2021 5:00:04 PM

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There are studies on inheritance (genetics) in peas (made famous by Mendel) and fruit flies (drosophila, another model of simple inheritance of genetic traits like wing size or eye colour).

But taking the connection between genetics in pea plants, and genetics in fruit flies, and arguing it also applies to humans - that is just a poetic metaphor.
Like likening your hair to sunbeams or a river to a black snake. It is just imagination, not a real connection.


Depending on the point being made, poetic could mean sublime, beautiful, or it could mean imagined, unreal.
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Saturday, March 13, 2021 1:37:29 AM

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Is "Reasoning from" a set phrase? Can you give another example which would demonstrate its usage?
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, March 13, 2021 9:15:33 PM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
Is "Reasoning from" a set phrase? Can you give another example which would demonstrate its usage?


It's quite natural and normal speech. You will find this example at the bottom of the page on TFD's definitions for "reasoning" in context.


"and, reasoning from analogy, as you say, if there be mines in South America, ought there not to be mines in North America too?”

"reasoning from" is just another way to say "judging from the evidence", or "examining the evidence, I conclude...".
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