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The '''fallacy of gray''' is a belief that because nothing is [[absolute certainty|certain]], everything is equally uncertain. One who commits this fallacy may reply to the statement that probability of winning a [[lottery]] is only one in a million by saying: "There's still a chance, right?"
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{{wikilink|Continuum fallacy}}The '''fallacy of gray''' is a belief that because nothing is [[absolute certainty|certain]], everything is equally uncertain. One who commits this fallacy may reply to the statement that probability of winning a [[lottery]] is only one in a million by saying: "There's still a chance, right?"
  
 
This fallacy is invoked by those who wish to attack a well performing system (e.g. Science), by saying that it is still imperfect. This then excuses the imperfections of the invoker's chosen system. For example  
 
This fallacy is invoked by those who wish to attack a well performing system (e.g. Science), by saying that it is still imperfect. This then excuses the imperfections of the invoker's chosen system. For example  
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==External links==
 
==External links==
  
*[[Wikipedia: Sorites paradox]]
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*[http://measureofdoubt.com/2011/05/23/thinking-in-greyscale/ Thinking in Greyscale] at Measure of Doubt
*[[Wikipedia: Continuum fallacy]]
 
  
 
==See also==
 
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*[[Humility]]
 
*[[Humility]]
 
*[[Possibility]]
 
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*[[Absolute certainty]]
  
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The fallacy of gray is a belief that because nothing is certain, everything is equally uncertain. One who commits this fallacy may reply to the statement that probability of winning a lottery is only one in a million by saying: "There's still a chance, right?"

This fallacy is invoked by those who wish to attack a well performing system (e.g. Science), by saying that it is still imperfect. This then excuses the imperfections of the invoker's chosen system. For example "Science is based on faith too!"

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