Created By: occono on July 11, 2009

Magical Thinking

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We probably have this but Google isn't helping me. This is a trope simply about people's gullibility for superstitions and seeing patterns in random behavior that aren't really there.
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  • July 11, 2009
    It would most likely be under You Fail Logic Forever. It is basically a use of the Correlation Doesn't Imply Causation fallacy.


    Look under "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc" in the link above.
  • July 11, 2009
    There's also Apophenia, which comes up in search as a blank page. That could definitely be an entry. The term refers to the tendency to see patterns that aren't there.
  • July 11, 2009
    It should probably go into You Fail Logic Forever as a subsection.
  • July 12, 2009
    Agreed, this deserves to be a subtrope of You Fail Logic Forever.

    Speaking of, YFLF needs more subtropes.
  • July 12, 2009
    Magical thinking is already included under another name. However the application is different enough that it might deserve another entry.
  • July 12, 2009
    I went ahead and added Magical Thinking and Apophenia to the You Fail Logic Forever page already.