Saturday, October 1, 2016

Blackout SA: Post hoc ergo propter hoc

I had a research methods class today and was speaking about logical fallacies. Exciting I know.

The "post hoc ergo propter hoc" fallacy translates to "it follows therefore it was caused by".

Kate came up with a delicious example.

"So the state wide blackout came after the state increased it's reliance upon renewable power. And the fallacy of 'it came after therefore it was caused by' applies here?"

To my logic yes that fallacy is exactly what applies here. There are plenty of arguments to be had around renewables in South Australia but this is a false one.

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