Adam Gertler is your guide to hot confectionary spots across the country in his new series, Kid in a Candy Store.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Kid in a Candy Store - Conflation - Netflix
Conflation happens when the identities of two or more individuals, concepts, or places, sharing some characteristics of one another, seem to be a single identity, and the differences appear to become lost. In logic, it is the practice of treating two distinct concepts as if they were one, which produces errors or misunderstandings as a fusion of distinct subjects tends to obscure analysis of relationships which are emphasized by contrasts. However, if the distinctions between the two concepts appear to be superficial, intentional conflation may be desirable for the sake of conciseness and recall.
Kid in a Candy Store - Communication and reasoning - Netflix
The result of conflating concepts may give rise to fallacies of ambiguity, including the fallacy of four terms in a categorical syllogism. For example, the word “bat” has at least two distinct meanings: a flying animal, and a piece of sporting equipment (such as a baseball bat or cricket bat). If these meanings are not distinguished, the result may be the following categorical syllogism, which may be seen as a joke (pun):
All bats are animals. Some wooden objects are bats. Therefore, some wooden objects are animals.
Kid in a Candy Store - References - Netflix