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What is the difference between an observation and an inference?


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Observations are things you use your "five senses" to determine - how something smells, looks, tastes, sounds, or feels.

Inference is something that you conclude based on one or more observations. For example, you would infer that a bug with wings will fly because you have seen (observed) other bugs with wings fly, even if you haven't seen that particular one fly.