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Hasty Generalization

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Miya Swofford

on 18 February 2014

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Transcript of Hasty Generalization

Hasty Generalization
Definition
A broad claim based on an insufficient amount of information
Jumping to a conclusion
Sample S, which is too small, is taken from Population P. Conclusion C is made about Population P becuase of the results from Sample S
Example #1
Myers: The landscape of the city has changed dramatically, tragically and perhaps irreversibly. There is now over 25 feet of water where there was once city streets and thriving neighborhoods.

West: I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, "They're looting." You see a white family, it says, "They're looking for food." And, you know, it's been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because I've tried to turn away from the TV because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right now to see what is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help -- with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way -- and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us!

Myers: And subtle, but in many ways even more profoundly devastating, is the lasting damage to the survivors' will to rebuild and remain in the area. The destruction of the spirit of the people of southern Louisiana and Mississippi may end up being the most tragic loss of all.

West: George Bush doesn't care about black people!


Explanation: Kanye West did not have sufficient evidence to call President Bush a racist. He is going on the assumption that black people were suffering during the time of hurricane Katrina.
Example #2
Nine out of ten dentists recommend Colgate toothpaste brand. Therefore, it must be great.

Explanation: It turns out that only ten dentists were actually asked. When a random sampling of 1000 dentists were polled, only 47% actually recommend using Colgate.
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