The Agent of Persuasion
We are rational creatures. We reason. Reasoning proceeds in an orderly fashion from start to finish - from premise to conclusion. A conclusion stands on a platform of premises. The premises are the platform from which we jump to touchdown on a conclusion. Both the premises and the conclusion are important. Yet, the agent of persuasion is the premises not the conclusion. Conclusions do not persuade. Only premises persuade. The stronger the premises, the stronger is our grip on the conclusion. The weaker the premises, the weaker is our grip. Without premises, a conclusion has no value whatsoever. It is a guess - nothing more.