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Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Michael Stump of The #eager0 comments:

You’d have undoubtably discovered the phrase “post hoc ergo propter hoc.” And you’d use those words every day in your IT career. It means, “after this, therefore because of this.” It’s a logical fallacy (which means it’s a great way to pepper your conversation at hipster dinner parties) that concerns perceived causality between sequential events.

It’s important to avoid logical fallacies when troubleshooting. Use all the available info when trying to determine root cause. And doing it in Latin never hurts.

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