Magical Thinking: Just because you have a circulating fan
blowing in the room, doesn’t mean that it will take the spots
off the Dalmatian, despite your fondest wishes.
Logic always floats on a sliding scale when we are speaking of humanity and the human condition. This is your Sunday Sermonette.
Logic is differentially applied by men and women. Having written this, there is the matter of magical thinking that both men and women use. It’s usually applied to prove an unprovable point or to justify one’s actions. Since I’ve run into it lately, I thought that I’d comment simply for the sake of the blog and general discussion.
post hoc, ergo propter hoc is Latin phrase that, being translated, means, “after this, therefore, because of this.” The term refers to a rhetorical fallacy that because two events occurred in succession, the former event caused the latter event.
1. The rooster crows before sunrise, therefore the crowing rooster causes the sun to rise.
2. A drunk scientist conducts an experiment to see why he gets hangovers. He decides to keep a diary. Monday night, scotch and soda; Tuesday morning, hangover. Tuesday night, gin and soda; Wednesday morning, hangover. Wednesday night: vodka and soda; Thursday morning, hangover. Thursday night, rum and soda; Friday morning, hangover. On Friday night before going out for a drink, the drunk scientist has an epiphany. “Aha!” he says to himself, “I’ve got it! Soda causes hangovers!” (WoFat will agree…)
3. My mother (who is getting up in years) often says things like, “God led me to the grocery store today where I found that oranges were on sale. Because God knows that I like oranges and that I’m on a budget. God reduced the price of oranges for my specific benefit.”
|Magical Thinking: Fine if you’re imagining it, but
dangerous if you plan to try this at home.
** Caveat: If we’re speaking of quantum mechanics, there is very little difference between pancake syrup and a metal plate…but that’s not what I’m addressing here.