Cherry picking:

Definition Example
When individual cases or data are emphasized to confirm a particular position, while other cases or data that may contradict that position are ignored. I found 2 statistical studies that conclude violent video games do not actually increase violence among children. That’s proof enough for me!
  Notes
If you are assessing whether video games cause violence among children, it is important to ask how many studies on violent video games have been conducted, and whether all reputable studies been included for a complete/balanced assessment. This fallacy is similar to the sharpshooter fallacy.

Case Study One

It is often claimed that the troubles someone experiences in life are due to some god’s response to their ungodliness. These claims are made while ignoring the troubles of “godly” people. Pat Robertson claimed that the 2010 earthquake in Haiti was due to the Haitians making a pact with the devil years earlier.


Case Study Two

When examining the the 10 years between 1998 and 2007 a 0.3-degree cooling trend in the average global temperature can be inferred. However, if we instead shift the decade to encompass the years 1997 to 2006, we see a 0.6-degree warming trend. Selecting either span of 10 years to defend your particular position on global warming is cherry picking.


Keep in mind that a fallacious argument does not entail an erroneous position.


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