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What is a Generalisation
See above, everybody knows that that is what a generalisation is.
What you want to know more? Ok then. Look at this statement:
According to a CNN poll conducted between the 13th-15th of October 2006 gave George W Bush a 36% approval rating, 61% disapproval and 3% undecided. There is a margin of error of +/- 3%
Or you can generalise:
Everybody hates Bush
See isn't that much easier?
How useful are they?
Everybody uses generalisations. They are so simple to use and everyone understands them. Just don't confuse them with a hyperbole where 100% of all people know that 1000000% of all people use hyperboles.
If we go back to the general statement in the first section we had:
Everyone hates Bush
Now the one problem with generalisations is that smart people will point out the hole in your reasoning. This is as follows:
Joe Bloggs: Everybody hates Bush
Smart Guy: I don't
Joe Bloggs: DAMNNIT!!!!
See so the moral of the story is that when around some guy from Mensa , don't use generalisations.
- Generalisations are known to 100% of Americans as Generalizations
- Over 6 billion people know more trivia than I do