I saw a few posts on Facebook about the unusual number of earthquakes taking place in Oklahoma. After researching Oklahoma earthquakes online, I found that there are hundreds of recorded earthquakes which are being attributed to the oil and gas industry and “hydraulic fracturing” (fracking).
Most of the earthquakes are taking place in the same region and are unnoticeable except by seismological detection devices. Even so, it’s important to find out why.
Could it be that fracking is not the culprit?
Post hoc, ergo propter hoc. “After this, therefore because of this.” Just because an event or series of events occur after another event or series of events does not mean the one is the cause of the other.
- The rooster crows before sunrise, therefore the crowing rooster causes the sun to rise.
- A baseball player wears his “lucky socks” for every game because the first time he wore them he got three hits.
- If the president hadn’t told the “funny hat” joke, he wouldn’t have lost Texas in the election.
The following is from an episode of the The West Wing (“Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc“):
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