JCU PRESENTS: FALLACIES IN THE WORKPLACE

Week 8: Anecdotal Evidence Fallacy (September 12-16)

The Anecdotal Evidence Fallacy: Arguing a position is based on anecdotal stories rather than, or in spite of, objective facts and data.

Discussion Questions:


(1) In the video's example, Bob states that, at his last job, they increased safety observations and never had another accident again. How has Bob committed the anecdotal evidence fallacy? In what ways may his previous experience be irrelevant to the current situation? In what ways could it be helpful?

(2) What are factors that tend to make an anecdote helpful? What are some factors that make an anecdote irrelevant to the current situation?

(3
) Are there any examples of the "Anecdotal Evidence" fallacy you've encountered in your career or your personal life?