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 careless man who has had twelve accidents in the last six months and it is evident that it was due to his negligence or rashness, 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.