The Texas sharpshooter fallacy occurs when a speaker chooses a cluster of data to apply to their argument, or when they find a pattern that they can apply to a presumption.
Example of Texas Sharpshooter
This is a common fallacy.
- A recent study showed that the top 10 countries where Italian soda is most commonly consumed are also countries that have some of the lowest rankings in reported cases of depression. Therefore Italian soda makes people happy. Though there may be a correlation between the two, that does not necessarily mean causation.
- There are some measurements which could be used to conclude that there is global warming happening. But other information and statistics which contradict those results are ignored.