Hanlon’s Razor (glossary entry)

keep-calm-and-remember-hanlon-s-razor-1From Wikipedia: Hanlon’s razor is an aphorism expressed in various ways including “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” or “Don’t assume bad intentions over neglect and misunderstanding.” It recommends a way of eliminating unlikely explanations for a phenomenon (a philosophical razor).

To me, Hanlon’s razor is a deliberate misdirection. I call it the incompetence canard.

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