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post hoc, ergo propter hoc. 

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
Penelope MackiePenelope Mackie

‘After this, therefore because of this.’ Strictly, the fallacy of inferring that one event is caused by another merely because it comes after it. More loosely, the fallacy (characteristic of superstitious beliefs) of assuming too readily that an event that follows another is caused by it without considering factors such as counter-evidence or the possibility of a common cause. (... ...

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