Brilliant Abduction

Posted by Matt Kuhns on Feb 28, 2013

When I began telling select members of my nearest circle of friends and family that I had written a book, last summer, most reactions were along the lines of “wow, that sounds neat, good for you; I look forward to reading it.” One reaction, otherwise along similar lines, came with an additional and rather different perspective as well. It may be little surprise that the following reaction originated with one of my PhD friends, who majored in Philosophy as an undergraduate…

[me]: My working title is Brilliant Deduction: The Story of Real-Life Great Detectives.

[The Doctor]: That’s not bad.
Technically, I suppose a lot of the inferences are inductive or abductive, not deductive. But hardly anybody would understand the distinction.
If you called it “Brilliant Abduction”, people would think it was about kidnappers.

And that’s the story of how Brilliant Abduction entered and left the running for book titles on the same day.

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