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Without access to the category of intensity (confrontation of alternatives), syntatical pattern # 1 operates in a non-selective (or non-deliberate) manner.  Syntax pattern #5, on the other hand is not only selective in terms of the options, materials and tools selected but is also deliberately selects the syntactical pattern that will be used for doing the selecting. The other syntatical patterns are arranged between these two extremes according to their relative degrees of logical complexity.

Next we will compare these five syntatical patterns to the hierarchy of logical methods which Peirce proposed. Syntatical pattern # 5 reflects the method someone would use for dealing with the highest levels of complexity (for retroducing); pattern # 1 is the method one would use for the lowest level of complexity (non-evaluative brainstorming). In between these two extremes are Pattern # 2, which is used for simple induction;

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