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THE TRUTH ABOUT EXCEPTION*

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Exception: n. a subset(s) that does not obey a rule(s) and/or doesn’t correspond to a generalization(s) and/or norm(s) but is frequently erroneously assumed to be obeying the rule(s) and/or corresponding to the generalization(s) and/or norm(s)

Susan had everything that a young lady could want, with the exception of the man she loves. Exceptions don’t obey a rule(s) or don’t correspond to a generalization(s) and/or norm(s).

You can make a general rule or assumption that it doesn’t rain in a desert because it is too hot and there is no water. You would be wrong to assume this absolute because there are exceptions and it rarely does rain in the desert and plants that have remained dormant suddenly spring to life and quickly grow to maturity.

Yes, there are probably parts of the great Sahara desert or the Atacama desert in Chile where it never rains but no one has been watching all the regions for 2000 years and maybe there is no place on earth where it never rains, and even in the remotest region it may rain once in 2000 years.

When it comes to human behavior there are plenty of humans who are exceptions to almost any general norm that you can think of. You may think that no one laughs at their own death but some humans are exceptions and actually do laugh at their own death and some even make jokes about their own death.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT GENERALIZATION*

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Generalization: n. communicating that all of a chosen subset correspond to a set frequently ignoring the samer subset(s) which doesn’t correspond to the set after a more careful analysis

The general feeling of the audience was one of relief and satisfaction. This communicates that almost all of the audience felt relief and satisfaction even though there may have been minor exceptions such as feeling only relief and not satisfaction or feeling neither relief nor satisfaction.

They headed in the general direction of the wooded area. This means that almost all humans or lifeforms headed towards the wooded area even though there may have been some oddballs who headed towards the meadow area.

The number of exceptions to your generalization is a measure of the generalization’s accuracy. If you observe that Sara is a bad driver and make a generalization that all girls are bad drivers then your accuracy is terrible and the statement is actually untrue except for Sara and all the other bad female drivers. Since all generalizations usually have some exceptions they can be said to not be absolutely true or not true 100% of the time. The fewer exceptions there are to your generalization the truer or more accurate it is.

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