Conversation 7 – Kalyn Boudinot

The fallacy I chose to discuss for this weeks conversation was “false cause.” This fallacy occurs when someone assumes that because one event happened before another, the first event must have caused the second event. However, this assumption is not necessarily true, and there may be other factors or explanations at play. An example of this that comes to mind is when someone will wear a pair of “lucky socks” or “lucky underwear” to a sports game because the one time they did, their team won. That is a perfect example of a false cause fallacy because there is no evidence to establish a causal relationship between wearing an object and the team’s victory. The teams success could be from various factors at play such as skill or performance of individual players, etc, therefore correlation does not imply causation.

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