Logic Me This: Hasty Generalization
‘Logic Me This’ is a regular series on Teen Skepchick where we examine various logical fallacies in an attempt to help you think more like a Skeptic.
This week on Logic Me This, we’re going to take a look at the hasty generalization. This logical fallacy is an easy one to commit: if you’ve ever made expectations about a person based on their appearance, or made a decision about what to buy based on your friend’s experience or hearsay, you’ve probably made a hasty generalization. The video below the break is a good example of a hasty generalization.
Hasty generalization could be avoided by applying the idea of “not judging a book by its cover.” Drawing conclusions without enough information can lead to small mistakes, like the video above, or much more dangerous ones, like the single weak study that has led to the anti-vaccination movement. Be aware of the hasty generalization; it’ll one of the easiest fallacies to commit, and avoiding it will be hugely beneficial. I’ll leave you now with the full cartoon from above: