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post hoc ergo propter hoc

Subject: Philosophy

(Latin, after this, so because of this)

The fallacy of arguing that because one event happened after another, it happened because of it.

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Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

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2006
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...Anonymous Post coitum omne animal triste . After coition every animal is sad. Post-classical saying After coition every animal every animal is sad Post hoc, ergo propter hoc . After this, therefore because of this. Latin Proverb post : post hoc, ergo propter hoc Alas! That partial Science should approve The sly rectangle's too licentious love! From three bright Nymphs the wily wizard burns;— Three bright-ey'd Nymphs requite his flame by turns. Strange force of magic skill! Combined of yore. ‘The Loves of the Triangles. A Mathematical and...

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