Golden Mean Fallacy

The fallacy of the golden mean (or fallacy of compromise, or fallacy of moderation) takes the form of assuming that the most valid conclusion is that which accepts the best compromise between two competing positions.

Example: "In our psychology department, half of the faculty believe that the new assistant professor shows serious problems in the area of ethics. The other half believe that the new faculty member shows no problems in the area of ethics. Obviously the new professor shows mild to moderate problems in the area of ethics."

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