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The causation fallacies: oversimplification and exaggeration

The causation fallacies: oversimplification and exaggeration

The causation fallacies, known as oversimplification and exaggeration, occurs when a series of real causes for an event is either reduced or overstated to the extent that it distorts the truth. Multiple causes are reduced to just one or a few (oversimplification), or a few causes are multiplied into many (exaggeration).

For the sake of brevity, well-intentioned writers and speakers can fall into the trap of oversimplification. They may leave out too many details and omit critical information that needs to be included.

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An exaggeration fallacy is committed when irrelevant causal influences are added to the argument.

In the real world, events typically have multiple intersecting causes that work together to cause the events we see.

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