An ABC article today shows this Papua New Guinea woman preparing herbal medicines (some even containing urine) which are becoming popular as effective medicines become scarce in her country. On reading this, my mind instantly was triggered to make a fallacious association when also considering the conclusions of 2011 Sage Journal article . Here is the condensed formal form of my mistake:
P causes I which leads to R
P causes M which leads to U
Since S causes both R & U,
R is just like U
And to spell out the logic without making you read the articles, it goes like this:
1. The Sage Article states: Economic poverty (P) causes insecurities (I) in the populations which lead to rise is religion (R).
2. The ABC article tells us that in Papua New Guinea: Economic poverty (P) causes shortages in effective medicines (M) which leads to a rise in using urine (U) as medicine.
In the comments below, to see if anyone is still reading this blog, translate “R is just like U” for me. But beware, I’ve already admitted it is a logical fallacy. LOL