We’ve all heard it.
“Older houses were built to last! They’re built much more solidly than newer houses.”
“Older cars were built with steel panels an inch thick, and were designed to last for decades! Not like newer cars, with thin doors and tiny engines!”
They say this, pointing to examples of well-preserved Queen Anne-style mansions or Craftsman bungalows, but discount the fact that hundreds of thousands of houses built decades ago – if not millions – were shoddily constructed or fell victim to neglect, and torn down; what’s left are the “solid and built to last” houses. Same thing with cars; the old car fan will point to the few “solid” classic cars on the road, neglecting the fact that a minuscule percentage of cars built in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s are still on the roads; the rest were scrapped years ago.
What kind of logical fallacy is this?