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This poem came out of the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] gingicat. It also fills the "excitement" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"Overkineralization"


Not every little boy
who sleeps on his toys
is necessarily a dragon.

Not every little girl
who plays with swords
will grow up to be a man.

Not every woman
who likes to lick herself
is secretly a cat.

Not every man
who talks to himself
is really a plural person.

When you feel alone in the world,
there is a temptation to seek others
who are similar to yourself.

It's natural to get excited,
to get ahead of yourself,
to get into trouble.

Confirmation bias.
Overgeneralization.
Jumping to conclusions.

These things lead to faulty reasoning,
which suggests incorrect answers,
which tend to cause problems.

Observe the situation.
Consider all the possibilities.
Favor whichever fits the data best.

Understand that you may still be wrong.

* * *

Notes:

Otherkin are people who identify as something other than human. Here are some common signs. As the same signs can also mean other things, it is necessary to look for a confluence of clues before making a judgement about species identity.

Confirmation bias is a common flaw in scientific studies, also knows as "what the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves."

Overgeneralization is another logical fallacy.

Jumping to conclusions can shortchange the opportunity to use reasoning skills.

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Date: 2017-10-09 06:38 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
And even if you're right about someone being Other, you may get the species wrong. Fortunately, some are more forgiving of that than others.

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Date: 2017-10-14 10:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] johnpalmer
Heh. And in addition to favor whichever fits the data best, remember that even the best model has a limit, and there are times another model fits better for a different situation.

(My brain has hooked on to how a model is never the thing, so it might have limits in one area or another, where another model might fit better. It's A Thing for me.)

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