Post Hoc (False Cause) Fallacy

Post hoc is from the the Latin phrase “post hoc, ergo propter hoc,” which translates as “after this, therefore because of this.”

Definition of Post Hoc: Assuming that because B comes after A, A caused B.


Example:

I dreamed I had a cold, and two days later, I came down with one. Therefore, my dream caused the cold.


post hoc, ergo propter hoc illustration

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