Dec 9, 2011

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Fallacy of the Week – Hasty Generalization

Hasty Generalization _ making a general claim which is derived from an insufficient number of specific examples.

Example:

“Prisoner X was a member of an extremist group. Everyone in that group is obviously dangerous”.

The media is rife with one-sided stories reported by ignorance, bias and neglect. Usually, one commits this fallacy when they’ve made up their mind about a subject before hearing the facts. This is why we emphasize worldview analysis and didactic reasoning over the dialectic, feeling-based approach.

We all have feelings but if we let them govern our thinking and reasoning especially in the fight for truth, we will become a casualty in the worldview wars.

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