False Cause & False Attribution
False cause refers to an argument where someone cites sequential events as evidence that the first event caused the second. False attribution happens when someone appeals to irrelevant, biased, or unqualified information.
Example of False Cause & False Attribution
This is a common fallacy.
- False Cause: I eat bananas for a snack every day. One day I skipped my banana, and my car was broken into. I have not missed a day of banana-snacking since.
- False Attribution: John showed me this book that proved scientists have empirical evidence for the existence of mermaids, but I lost the book and don't remember the title.