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Gen­er­al­iza­tion From Fic­tional Evidence

TagLast edit: 14 Nov 2021 9:20 UTC by Yoav Ravid

The logical fallacy of generalization from fictional evidence consists in drawing real-world conclusions based on statements invented and selected for the purpose of writing fiction.

It was first coined by Eliezer Yudkowsky in a talk he gave in 2003, and later in his essay The Logical Fallacy of Generalization from Fictional Evidence.

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The Log­i­cal Fal­lacy of Gen­er­al­iza­tion from Fic­tional Evidence

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 Oct 2007 3:57 UTC
101 points
61 comments6 min readLW link

Or­well and fic­tional ev­i­dence for dic­ta­tor­ship stability

Stuart_Armstrong24 May 2013 12:19 UTC
22 points
79 comments2 min readLW link

Fic­tional Ev­i­dence vs. Fic­tional Insight

Wei_Dai8 Jan 2010 1:59 UTC
49 points
46 comments2 min readLW link

How Tim O’Brien gets around the log­i­cal fal­lacy of gen­er­al­iza­tion from fic­tional evidence

mszegedy24 Apr 2014 21:41 UTC
15 points
12 comments2 min readLW link

When can Fic­tion Change the World?

Timothy Underwood24 Aug 2020 13:47 UTC
79 points
18 comments11 min readLW link

Mak­ing His­tory Available

Eliezer Yudkowsky31 Aug 2007 19:52 UTC
127 points
83 comments3 min readLW link

Movie re­view: Don’t Look Up

Sam Marks4 Jan 2022 20:16 UTC
34 points
6 comments11 min readLW link

The dan­ger of liv­ing a story—Sin­gu­lar­ity Tropes

patrissimo14 Nov 2010 22:39 UTC
27 points
62 comments3 min readLW link

Learn­ing from counterfactuals

Gyrodiot25 Nov 2020 23:07 UTC
11 points
5 comments2 min readLW link
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