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Chapter 2. Recognizing Deceptive Reasoning > Presenting a False Cause

Presenting a False Cause

Definition: Claiming that one event causes another simply because it happens at around the same time.

Example: Valentina is friendly and outgoing. Jonathan is more introverted and quiet. Shortly after they are moved into a new workspace, Jonathan becomes less productive at work. Jonathan’s supervisor says, “Jonathan’s work is suffering because Valentina talks too much.”


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