Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

Today my good friend, Californian dude, occasional Reinvented Software developer and refreshingly mad person Hans Kim started his own blog and – ahem – dedicated the first post to me. Thanks Hans! 😀

The Blog is called Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc, which if my Latin serves me correctly translates as “After This, Therefore Because of This” or the assumption that because one apparently related event follows another, then the first must have caused the second.

To test that in a silly way: Did Hans start a blog the day of my 30th birthday because I started one the day after his? Er, no. The coincidences don’t mean anything. In fact, Hans was the first person to tell me I should start a blog, while long before that had told me he wanted to start one himself. I’ll let you work out the Latin (or even the English!) for that in your own time.

Happy blogging, Hanso!

One Response to “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc”

  1. Hans Kim Says:

    I happened to be adding more postings to my blog site. Retroactively, that is. Since I can’t possibly be time traveling into the past, I’d like to at least write about the past as if I were in it. This perhaps adds more twist to “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc” I guess. Just because a posting precedes another in date, it doesn’t mean it was written/posted earlier.

    I think I am becoming more of a philosopher than a developer turned blogger. Haha.