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  1. #1 What is the name of this fallacy? 
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    Person A comes with research with evidence for (example) bus drivers in Denver is on their cell phone 60% more than in other places. They also are in 30% more crashes than in other places.
    Conclusion: Bus drivers in Denver are bad drivers and crash more due to loving that cellphone!

    Person B: Im a bus driver from Denver and never use my cellphone and never crash, therefore your research is invalid.

    I realize this may be a horrid example :P Anyway, what is it called when person B dismisses scientific evidence from person A if person A comes with a general tendency, and the reasoning from person B is using a specific singular example as a counterargument.


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    It reminds me of the fallacy of composition, as person B assumes that since bus drivers from Denver have in general more bus crashes due to increased cell phone use, that he himself must be a bad driver. In other words, he uses an individual data point to deny the conclusion about a group.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito Ergo Sum View Post
    It reminds me of the fallacy of composition, as person B assumes that since bus drivers from Denver have in general more bus crashes due to increased cell phone use, that he himself must be a bad driver. In other words, he uses an individual data point to deny the conclusion about a group.
    Thanks Cogito, I think this is what I was looking for
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    https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/

    a range to choose from for future reference.
    Sometimes it is better not knowing than having an answer that may be wrong.
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