Slothful induction

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A slothful induction is a fallacy in which an inductive argument is denied its proper conclusion, despite strong evidence for inference. The opposite fallacy is the hasty generalization. An example of a slothful induction might be that of a man who has had twelve accidents in the last six months, yet keeps insisting that it is just a coincidence and not his fault.[1]


  1. ^ Barker, Stephen F. (24 July 2002). The Elements of Logic (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-283235-5.