Conflation

Conflation is taking two things as being one.

From http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/conflate: “the process or result of fusing items into one entity”.

Sometimes, the two things do not necessarily belong together, and yet, they are put together.

A company executive does not necessarily play golf. A grandmother does not necessarily bake cookies. Small children do not necessarily whine.

When you conflate two things, be sure that they necessarily go together. I have confused people in the past because they assumed that because I believed A that I must believe B. Some were quite put out that I did not.

It is a big world out there, and there are many more possibilities than you and I think.