Monday, April 24, 2017

I am pretty sure I have seen alligators on Sesame Street (maybe they were crocodiles?)

Here is another excellent example of a Post Hoc fallacy, this time from the folks at Sesame Street (examples starts at :40):

In this case, the fallacy is pretty clear. Ernie has a banana in his ear. There are no alligators on Sesame Street. Therefore, the banana in the ear is doing a good job of keeping the alligators away. While this example is obviously intended as a joke, it still provides a good example of Post Hoc reasoning.