0

I can't remember this word, it's been on the tip of my tongue for days. I am sure that this word exists but there's no synonym results I could find on Google. It means something like the inverse of correlation/evidence, "freak occurrence" possibly.

It's a word used to say something to the effect of, "you're referring to something as though it's connected". But that word describes the claim in a single word: "X information". A great example is something like;- person A sees person B in a car with a dog and then goes on to conclude that many people might drive with dogs in the car. The observation is "unrelated" to the reality or something similar, yet person A took it to have a connection and for there to be some underlying explanation. This event itself (not the observation) is an X. Talking about the event is using X information and is not very scientific.

edit: I found it. (anecdotal/anecdote, "anecdotal information")

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/thesaurus-category/british/Not-definite-or-based-on-fact

anecdotal adjective

based on someone’s personal experience or information rather than on facts that can be checked

  • What is wrong with unrelated or uncorrelated? – mplungjan May 6 '14 at 6:40
  • Is your point correlation does not imply causation? – Third News May 6 '14 at 6:40
  • @mplungjan, it's a more precise word and sounds better, less scientific – user74202 May 6 '14 at 7:03
  • @ThirdNews, yes – user74202 May 6 '14 at 7:04
  • Then is it the type of fallacy, or just the a word? Disparate: "containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements 2 : markedly distinct in quality or character" – Third News May 6 '14 at 7:07
2

The first word that comes to mind for me is "irrelevant." You might also be thinking of "superfluous" which conveys a bit more of the idea that the information is unnecessary noise. If you count "non-germane" as a single word it probably fits your description pretty well also. A thesaurus hit might give you other words like "extraneous" or "peripheral" that may also get at your desired meaning.

  • It's none of those but I think you are close. It's a more accessible word than that. – user74202 May 6 '14 at 7:08
0

Mistaken / false inference is one possibility; or perhaps coincidence, unrelated event / phenomenon, presumption, generalization, extrapolation or jumping / leaping to conclusions.

  • "Jumping to conclusions" I think is close, like "unrelated". But nothing else seems to indicate/convey as much information. It's a very clean word.. – user74202 May 6 '14 at 7:11
  • How about unwarranted? – Erik Kowal May 6 '14 at 9:12
0

The example provided in the question is insufficient. One can draw such an incorrect inference for various reasons:

  • generalization
  • conjecture
  • drawing false inference from true premises (invalidity)
  • misinfer something in general.
-1

Your disparate example sounds like a syllogism:

"conclusion," "inference") is a kind of logical argument that applies deductive reasoning to arrive at a conclusion based on two or more propositions that are asserted or assumed to be true.

In its earliest form, defined by Aristotle, from the combination of a general statement (the major premise) and a specific statement (the minor premise), a conclusion is deduced. For example, knowing that all men are mortal (major premise) and that Socrates is a man (minor premise), we may validly conclude that Socrates is mortal. Syllogistic arguments are usually represented in a three-line form (without sentence-terminating periods):

All men are mortal.

Socrates is a man.

Therefore, Socrates is mortal

The word "therefore" is usually either omitted or replaced by the symbol "∴"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syllogism

  • The word I'm looking for is not technical or philosophical, it's more in the range of 'freak accident' than anything more intellectual – user74202 May 6 '14 at 7:05
  • Hmm, adventitious is "added or appearing accidentally or unexpectedly" – Third News May 6 '14 at 7:12
  • it was "anecdotal" – user74202 May 6 '14 at 7:19
  • -1 The problem is Socrates was, after all, moral, wasn't he? So there's nothing contradictory to reality or logic there. – Kris May 6 '14 at 7:43

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.