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Complex Cause

October 28th, 2009

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Complex Cause

classification : informal – causal fallacies

The effect is caused by a number of objects or events, of which the cause identified is only a part. A variation of this is the feedback loop where the effect is itself a part of the cause.

Foundations

A complex event is shown as having only one cause.

Examples

People are in fear because of increased crime. (True, but this has lead people to break the law as a consequence of their fear, which increases crime even more.)

We lost the game because Wilson missed the last shot.

What you need to sail around the world is determination.

Other Names

Circular Reasoning

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