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[[Cherry picking]] refers to the practice of choosing quotes and research which supports ones views while ignoring credible quotes and research, in the same branch of study, which undermines or contradicts ones views.
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[[Image:Cherry_picking_med.jpg|thumb|right|Picking a cherry.]]
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[[Cherry picking]], or "counting the hits and forgetting the misses," refers to the practice of choosing quotes and research which supports ones views while ignoring credible quotes and research, in the same branch of study, which undermines or contradicts ones views.
  
==Example of Cherry picking==
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==Examples==
  
A christian pacifist might quote the biblical sermon on the mount:
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A [[Christian]] pacifist might quote the [[sermon on the mount]]:
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{{Quote-source|But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.|{{bible|Matthew 5:39}}}}
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while ignoring the Christian marines' favorite bible quote:
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{{Quote-source|Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.|{{bible|Matthew 10:34}}}}
  
{{Quote-source|But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.|Matthew 5:39}}
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Christians opposed to gay rights often cite [[Leviticus]] to support their views:
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{{Quote-source|Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.|{{bible|Leviticus 18:22}}}}
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while ignoring many laws in Leviticus and elsewhere in the [[Old Testament]] that condemn
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things like eating shellfish or require animal [[sacrifice]] ("[[But that's the Old Testament]]").
  
while ignoring the Christian marines favorite bible quote:
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==See also==
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*[[Cafeteria Christian]]
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*[[Quote mining]]
  
{{Quote-source|Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.|Matthew 10:34}}
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{{Logical fallacies}}
  
 
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Revision as of 08:18, 19 December 2009

Picking a cherry.

Cherry picking, or "counting the hits and forgetting the misses," refers to the practice of choosing quotes and research which supports ones views while ignoring credible quotes and research, in the same branch of study, which undermines or contradicts ones views.

Examples

A Christian pacifist might quote the sermon on the mount:

"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also."

Matthew 5:39 Bible-icon.png

while ignoring the Christian marines' favorite bible quote:

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."

Matthew 10:34 Bible-icon.png

Christians opposed to gay rights often cite Leviticus to support their views:

"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."

Leviticus 18:22 Bible-icon.png

while ignoring many laws in Leviticus and elsewhere in the Old Testament that condemn things like eating shellfish or require animal sacrifice ("But that's the Old Testament").

See also


v · d Logical fallacies
v · d Formal fallacies
Propositional logic   Affirming a disjunct · Affirming the consequent · Argument from fallacy · False dilemma
Quantificational logic   Existential fallacy · Illicit conversion · Proof by example · Quantifier shift
Syllogistic   Affirmative conclusion from a negative premise · Exclusive premises · Necessity · Four-term Fallacy · Illicit major · Illicit minor · Undistributed middle
v · d Faulty generalisations
General   Begging the question · Gambler's fallacy · Slippery slope · Equivocation · argumentum verbosium
Distribution fallacies   Fallacy of composition · Fallacy of division
Data mining   Cherry picking · Accident fallacy · Spotlight fallacy · Hasty generalization · Special pleading
Causation fallacies   Post hoc ergo propter hoc · Retrospective determinism · Suppressed correlative · Wrong direction
Ontological fallacies   Fallacy of reification · Pathetic fallacy · Loki's Wager
v · d False relevance
Appeals   Appeal to authority · Appeal to consequences · Appeal to emotion · Appeal to motive · Appeal to novelty · Appeal to tradition · Appeal to pity · Appeal to popularity · Appeal to poverty · Appeal to spite · Appeal to wealth · Sentimental fallacy · Argumentum ad baculum
Ad hominem   Ad hominem abusive · Reductio ad Hitlerum · Judgmental language · Straw man · Tu quoque
Genetic Fallacies   Genetic fallacy · Chronological snobbery · Association fallacy · Appeal to tradition · Texas sharpshooter fallacy
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