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Message 481 of 482 (847634)
01-24-2019 2:09 PM
Reply to: Message 480 by ringo
01-24-2019 11:18 AM


Re: Please name this fallacy
A classic example is, "We prayed for rain and it rained, so prayer works."

That's a classically named fallacy - post hoc ergo propter hoc.


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Message 482 of 482 (847646)
01-24-2019 4:41 PM
Reply to: Message 473 by Lammy
01-24-2019 12:06 AM


Re: Please name this fallacy
Lammy writes:

I'm a bridge structural engineer. A lot of my job is to make sure nothing happens to the nation's bridges. I know a lot of people think my profession doesn't deserve to exist because they don't see bridges collapsing everywhere. But that's the point of my job!

I'm surprised to hear that many people don't think we need bridge structural engineers. We need more, not less, for both design and inspection. This link lists a bunch of bridge failures from all over the world.

We used to travel the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) quite a bit, even though we found the roadway a bit rough, but when the Mianus River Bridge collapsed in 1983 we stopped using it and haven't been on it since.

--Percy


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