Hasty Generalization

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HASTY GENERALIZATION
A hasty generalization is a broad claim based on toolimited evidence.
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Tristan Shaw
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EXAMPLE 1
 Act #1, page 189, speaker: Mrs. Putnam
-”I knew it! Goody Osburn were midwife to me three times. I begged you, Thomas,
did I not? I begged him not to call Osburn because I feared her, my babies always
shriveled in her hands…”
-Ann is saying that she doesn’t want Mrs. Osburn as a midwife
because her children died in her hands. This argument insinuates that
Mrs. Osburn killed them, even though there isn’t any evidence.
EXAMPLE 2
 Act #2, page unknown, speaker: Danforth
- “And do you know that near to four hundred are in the jails from
Marblehead to Lynn, and upon my signature?”
-”And seventy-two condemned to hang by that signature?”
-Because Danforth has signed for the arrest of a lot of other people,
he must be correct for all of them. This is obviously hasty
generalization.
AN INCREDIBLY STUPID
VIDEO THAT TAKES WAY
TOO LONG BUT STILL
MANAGES TO GET THE
POINT ACROSS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D2m7ER3ng4
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