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Dramatic Fallacy

Text-message length limitations encourage pithiness at the cost of clarity. When I recently tweeted:

Easily envisioned: hero pulls gun, kills bad guy. Hard to see: stats of violent death, risks of nuts with weapons to self, others.

the point I was trying to make was that humans commonly fall into unsound reasoning: we mistake vivid dramatic stories for valid evidence. It happens in issues such as gun control, alternative medicine, politics, education, economics, ...

(cf. SquareRootOfBaseball (2005-05-13), ...) - ^z - 2009-11-07