Trash Talk Tuesday: Part to Whole

Trash Talk Tuesday:

Time once again for us martial arts bloggers to learn:
1) How NOT to make a case for or against someone or something
2) Why certain comments set our teeth on edge
3) How to stay focused when discussing our arts

It’s Trash Talk Tuesday!


Sempai Steve:  In the tournament yesterday, this one guy from Dojo X really nailed me – yowch!  I’m bruised but I’m OK.  The referees called a foul on him.

Whitebelt Nelly:  Wow, Dojo X is probably like the evil Cobra Kai Dojo from that 1980’s movie, “The Karate Kid!”

Whoa, Nelly!  Just because one Dojo X student hit hard enough to merit a foul doesn’t mean all the students in Dojo X are vicious bullies!  The student himself might be a great guy who made a mistake.  Maybe he even bought Sempai Steve a beer after the tournament.  Jumping to conclusions about the greater whole based on one tiny little part is called the Part to Whole Fallacy.   Counters for this fallacy could include statements of facts and/or thinking of other possibilities.

If you’d like to learn more, you can follow along in the book The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn

Author: Joelle White

I began training in Karate in June of 2014 after a 27 year hiatus.

2 thoughts on “Trash Talk Tuesday: Part to Whole”

  1. It’s sad when someone jumps to conclusion about a person or even a group of people because of their race, lifestyle, religion etc. Maybe it’s the liberal in me but I look at all groups of people in the same way, positive. Sure there are some “bad apples”, especially with what’s been going on in the world. But to think that just because someone is of Muslim faith, they’re automatically “terrorists”. Somehow these same people are experts in the Koran. Well I’m no expert in the Koran or the Bible for that matter. So that’s why I don’t talk about things I don’t know about. What people seem to forget that terrorists come in all shapes, sizes, race and sadly religions. Well anyway, I don’t want to get political on here. For me, I hope to keep an open mind about everyone and not let a few radical “bad apples” tarnish the image of a whole race of people. Good writing as always. All the best and full respect.

  2. Hi, Steve! Thanks for stopping by! Yep, jumping to conclusions is easier than actually thinking, LOL. Thinking makes my head hurt, but it’s generally worth it 😉 Have a great day!

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