Fallacies – Fallacy of Division

Assuming that something which is true of a thing must also be true of some or all of its parts (reverse of the Fallacy of Composition).

Examples:

Ex. #1: “The puzzle is mostly blue. Therefore, all pieces will also be mostly blue.”

Ex. #2: “America is going to war. All Americans are proponents of this war.”

division fallacy illustration
Note: this simplified illustration does not necessarily represent actual statistical proportions

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2 thoughts on “Fallacies – Fallacy of Division

  1. A Chicken

    Ohhh man, I think this post actually saved my life! Really grateful to find that just because my body is ~60% water, that doesn’t mean my bone mineral also is. Phew!!! 🙂

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