truth-b-told (Login JVH) Posted Apr 30, 2010 11:18 AM
Drawing a broad conclusion from a small number of cases is quite a standard practice.
It is known as Argument By Generalization, Hasty Generalization, Sweaping Generalization etc. and is closely related to Selective Observation, Fallacy Of The General Rule and the likes.
People are intrinsically intelligent
When people are put together, they could become a herd
When people turn a herd, they could become sheeple
When people turn sheeple, they could become dumb animals
When people turn dumb animals, they become treated as such