Generalities are often wrong, of course. But there are reasons for them nonetheless. For instance the original Sherlock Holmes' detective skills require that all sorts of generalities be set in stone. His own behavior is eccentric yet the cases he solves demand that everyone else in his universe act in highly predictable fashions. We may see the flaws in Holmes' methodology, but the stories carry us along so swiftly that we are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt as long as his analysis keeps working. The same is true of all generalities. We are willing to accept them as long as they don't fail us completely. So play along with me, but feel free to scream "Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!" if you so choose.

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