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maverickdebx commented on the word Post hoc, ergo propter hoc
the logical mistake that one thing caused another just because it happened first
"Jen blamed the onset of her headache on the arrival of her in-laws, but that might just have been post hoc, ergo propter hoc."
About the Word:
This Latin phrase literally means "after this, therefore because of it." This error in logic is sometimes summed up as "correlation doesn't equal causation."
September 26, 2012
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