There is a concept called as “Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy”. It comes from an example of a gunman in Texas who fires bullets randomly at a wall, and then draws a bull’s eye around the bullet shots that are the most tightly clustered.

Now, any visitor who sees this will think that the guy was a brilliant sharpshooter. When, in reality, they were random shots.
Also known as the “Clustering illusion”, this concept talks about how we humans emphasize on the similarities of data, and ignore the differences. And then come up with a conclusion, completely turning a blind eye to the probability of randomness.

Let’s take some example.
A lot of people make this mistake while selecting their partner. While in a relationship, they look at similarities and focus on those, while ignoring the differences (or red flags). That could be detrimental.
Or even entrepreneurs, who think their hypothesis is right and their business will work, based on “favourable” data. This is a classic problem when you start out with a business idea based on your gut feeling of a problem, and then validate your problem with the help of data. You will choose to ignore data that speaks otherwise, only focus on the similarities, and then convince yourself that you’re on the right path Secularism

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