Confusing Cause and Effect Examples

Confusing Cause and Effect

Confusing Cause and Effect is a type of fallacy. Fallacy is when someone makes an argument but the argument is based on false or illogical reasoning. Confusing Cause and Effect is a fallacy that occurs when someone claims that because two things typically occur together that one causes the other. However, the two things do not have a cause-effect relationship.

Examples of Confusing Cause and Effect:

1. Jennifer comes to class just as the bell rings every day. Jennifer's arrival at class causes the bell to ring.

2. Depression causes sickness. People who are terminally ill are also often depressed. So, depression can cause illness.

3. The type of music that is being produced these days is causing the youth of this nation to be corrupt.

4. Our classroom smells funny. Mr. Harris is always in the classroom. Therefore, Mr. Harris is the reason that the classroom smells funny.

5. Many people who drink coffee are also thin. Therefore, coffee causes one to lose weight.

6. Many people who are involved in community service also do well in college. So, volunteering for community services causes you to have better grades in college.

7. Sarah liked playing with her brother's army toys when she was a child. Sarah joined the army as an adult. Playing with army toys makes you want to join the army.

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