My father and I have been caught up in a debate as to the usage of "Infer" and "Imply" for a handful of days now. Finally, disgruntled that we seem unable to reach a consensus, I have turned once more to Stack Exchange for the final say.
It is my father's belief that every time an inference is made it is inferring that something was implied. It is my belief that one can simply infer, without anybody implying and without you inferring that they were implying. Who is right?
When you give your answers, please also give an example too, to make it easier to convey when this discussion inevitable picks up again between my father and myself in a few days time.