Assumption from chronology

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An assumption from chronology is the assumption or implication that a later event must have been caused by an earlier one merely because of the order in which they occurred. This is more widely known as post hoc, ergo propter hoc (Latin: literally "after this, therefore because of this").

This reasoning is usually employed as an assumption rather than an explicit claim, since it is obviously invalid once examined consciously.

It is a specific type of false cause attribution.

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  • Conservapedia (stub article as of 2014-04-04): "Liberals use this fallacy frequently. For example, they use the fact that Barack Hussein Obama was elected, and then the economy allegedly started to recover to show that Obama's election caused the economy to recover, which is complete nonsense."
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