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So you say that you asked a bunch of questions to a couple kids and concluded that the whole population of Turkey are idiots? Let me tell you, your cousin's reactions are quite expected, but I doubt yours are.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method




He simply provided a data point, mentioned the sample size, and indicated their responses surprised him. There is no generalization, nothing indicating the conclusion of the sorts you mention. I'm baffled by your interpretation of his comment. "concluded that the whole population of Turkey are idiots?" What makes you think that?


Before you get all uppity about the scientific method, I suggest you read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_to_conclusions


Even without the context of my comment, this still makes a great read. Thank you. BTW, I have to admit that I have misinterpreted the comment, my apologies.


" your cousin's reactions are quite expected,"

Why?




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