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Date: Sun, 13 Jul 1997 15:40:02 -0700
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: The Ecological Fallacy

Dear Clients and Friends,

The responses which I have been getting
to my note about Circuit City's new
HP computer line provide us with a
great opportunity to witness a common
fallacy, which you may have studied, if
you ever took graduate school statistics.

It is called "The Ecological Fallacy,"
and it has nothing to do with the 
environment or pollution.

Here's the error:

All corporations are bad.          <---- faulty premise
Circuit City is a corporation.     <---- provable presumption
Therefore, Circuit City is bad.    <---- well, of course!!

And so is everyone else who even
bothers to mention them in the same
breath with the U.S. Constitution,
or common law.


Never mind that I have made a few great
contacts there, among their computer
staff.  Today, we started to take the
HP apart, right in front of all the
other customers.  One of them worked
in IBM systems for 25 years.

Piece o' cake for these guys.

Of course, some will say I am being "commercial" 
now.  They don't understand the "commerce" clause,
quite obviously.


/s/ Paul Mitchell

Paul Andrew Mitchell                 : Counselor at Law, federal witness
B.A., Political Science, UCLA;  M.S., Public Administration, U.C. Irvine

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