|Overview: Fallacy Of Division|
|Definition||The assumption that parts have the same properties as the whole.|
|Related Concepts||Fallacy Of CompositionFallaciesFallacy FallacyCognitive Biases|
What is the Fallacy Of Division?
John Spacey, updated on April 22, 2016
The Fallacy of Division is the assumption that a part has the same properties as the whole. Such an assumption is often wrong as can be easy shown in examples:---The Japanese eat a great deal of NattoYuki is JapaneseYuki eats a great deal of Natto---An Aircraft can fly across the PacificAircraft are made of composite materialsComposite materials can fly across the Pacific---A construction team can build a skyscraperTeams are made of workersA worker can build a skyscraper---The fallacy of division often results in inaccurate assumptions about individuals based on their background and associations. Beyond mistakes of logic, the fallacy can be used in proofs to show that things are often greater than the sum of their parts.
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