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  1. #1 What is the name of this fallacy? 
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    Bob: My research shows that bus drivers that speaks on the phone crashes more often.
    Jeff: My bus driver talks on the phone every day he has never crashed, so that is wrong.

    Im not sure if its a fallacy or what. But what is the term when you want to say something has a tendency to happen, instead of an absolute yes-no when it comes to reasoning? Correlation comes to mind but... baah... cant remember! Went through this on uni but forgot


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    Is this not the same question you posted earlier this year?
    What is the name of this fallacy?


    "The only safe rule is to dispute only with those of your acquaintance of whom you know that they possess sufficient intelligence and self-respect not to advance absurdities; to appeal to reason and not to authority, and to listen to reason and yield to it; and, finally, to be willing to accept reason even from an opponent, and to be just enough to bear being proved to be in the wrong."

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    Anecdotal fallacy.
    A List of Logical Fallacies
    *The anecdotal fallacy. This example occurs whenever someone uses a personal experience (either their own or someone else’s) or an isolated example instead of a sound argument or verifiable, compelling evidence. This fallacy is extremely common given that it’s often much easier for people to believe someone's testimony as opposed to understanding complex data and variation across a continuum. Quantitative scientific measures are almost always more accurate than personal perceptions and experiences, but our inclination is to believe that which is tangible to us, and/or the word of someone we trust over a more 'abstract' statistical reality. Example: “My grandfather smoked four packs a day and lived until 97, so cigarettes can’t possibly be bad for your health!”
    [This example adapted from https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/anecdotal]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raziell View Post
    Jeff: My bus driver talks on the phone every day he has never crashed, so that is wrong.
    Should we really be listening to people who travel by bus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito Ergo Sum View Post
    Is this not the same question you posted earlier this year?
    What is the name of this fallacy?
    I am genuinely scared atm. Early onset of Alzheimer? Even after having read that Im having big difficulties remembering it.

    Edit: Seems I forgot my manners aswell, thanks alot Harold!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raziell View Post
    I am genuinely scared atm. Early onset of Alzheimer? Even after having read that Im having big difficulties remembering it.
    You've said that before.
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