Distinguishing Between Facts and Inferences

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Distinguishing Between Facts and Inferences
Jean Shields
Everest University Online
Distinguishing Between Facts and Inferences
During my weekly bowling league, I had the opportunity to observe and participate in numerous conversations. I have been bowling for over 40 years, and I have witnessed and been a part of some of the most interesting conversations of my entire life. As one of the bowlers on my team returned from the approach after picking up his spare, I heard another team member say “this is the big one,” and “he picked up a spare, I can’t believe it!” and then began to clutch her chest, mocking Fred Sanford. The fact is that he did pick up his spare in that particular frame. In fact, her comment was not only an inference, it was not true. She later confirmed that it was not true because she began to look up at the scores and noticed his previous frames. She then immediately stated, “I see a spare and a one in one frame and a spare and a four in another frame,” which is clearly an indication that he does not miss all of his spares, even though the amount of pins picked up on the following ball was low. Here, the focus should not be on how many was picked up on the following ball but instead on the fact that he did not miss all of his spares. Instead of hinting and even stating that he never picks up his spares, the team member could have easily stated, “it is rare, but at least he picked up his spare,” or something to that effect. Personally, as a long-time bowler, I have found that bowlers in general, especially the newer bowlers, respond better when you try to give them pointers that will help them versus sarcastically criticizing what they do, no matter how little it may be, which is why he is in a handicap league and not a scratch league that have more experienced bowlers. Earlier in the week, I had a conversation with a co-worker about how some of the full-time employees reacted to a situation compared to the numerous of temps that...
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