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What a bunch of hooey!

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:37 pm
by circumspice
Oh puh-leeze... Really???

If modern homo sapiens are really responsible for the post ice age extinction of mega fauna in Europe, Asia, Oceania & the New World... how do we explain extant African mega fauna??? What? They didn't get the memo to lay down & die??? And... let's not forget Wrangel Island... :roll: ... ion/126353

Re: What a bunch of hooey!

Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:29 pm
by Minimalist
I think we are seeing a variant of the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy. ... er_fallacy
The Texas sharpshooter fallacy is an informal fallacy which is committed when differences in data are ignored, but similarities are overemphasized. From this reasoning, a false conclusion is inferred.[1] This fallacy is the philosophical or rhetorical application of the multiple comparisons problem (in statistics) and apophenia (in cognitive psychology). It is related to the clustering illusion, which is the tendency in human cognition to interpret patterns where none actually exist.

The name comes from a joke about a Texan who fires some gunshots at the side of a barn, then paints a target centered on the tightest cluster of hits and claims to be a sharpshooter.