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The Verbal Cheap Shot Artist Part 7: The Fallacy of the Single Cause
Posted By Ron On September 14, 2009 @ 3:00 AM In Life,Verbal Cheap Shots | Comments Disabled
This is part seven of a 12 week series where, on Mondays, I explore the tactics of verbal cheap shot artists – people who can’t, or won’t use valid arguments to present their case, but instead resort to verbal cheap shots. To make sure you don’t miss a single article, be sure and sign up for my RSS  feed or subscribe by email  (both are free!). Check out my other articles in the Verbal Cheap Shots  category.
Sometimes knows as causal oversimplification, the fallacy of the single cause is a logical fallacy of causation occurring when the verbal cheap shot artist assumes that there is one, simple cause of an outcome when in reality it may have been caused by a number of only jointly sufficient causes.
Causal oversimplification is a specific kind of false dilemma where conjoined possibilities are ignored. In other words, the possible causes are assumed to be “A or B or C or D” when “A and B and C but not D” or “A and B and D but not C” are not taken into consideration.
Inputs cause outcomes and there are many inputs into even the simplest of outcomes.