Another Faulty Inference of Causation

- POSTED ON: Oct 23, 2012

 

 




It’s easy to make faulty inferences about causation.
Correlation is not Causation.
Let's be careful not to make the same mistake this woman did:


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On Oct 23, 2012 rroush wrote:
Wow. Just wow. Not much else to say about that gal. Funny one, Phyllis! :)


On Oct 23, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks Rebecca. =D


On Oct 23, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
Some village in New York is missing it's idiot. Phyllis I think you found her!!!! Good one.


On Oct 23, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks John. I thought this was an excellent and amusing example of drawing an inference of causation when only a correlation exists.


On Oct 23, 2012 sad wrote:
I think this woman is a little bit off especially on her interpretations of the deer crossings. We dont tell the deer where to cross we just warn the drivers that deer cross here. SHe seems to actually believe that the deer know the signs are there and gravitate to them to cross. This is sad but all in all kinda funny.


On Oct 24, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi Sue, Yes it IS a really funny example of what the news media does all the time. Just because two things EXIST at the same time, doesn't mean that one thing CAUSES the other thing. <3


On Oct 23, 2012 Alma wrote:
LOL, thanks for my laugh for the day! They DO live and breed amongst us. On a more serious note, after having a deer drag his hoofs across my windshield at brunch time in uptown Danbury, CT, I purchased a set of deer whistles from Walmart and immediately installed them. It sends out a sound that keeps wild animals away. Highway Patrol states they work. Stay safe for under $10 so you can keep on, keeping on!


On Oct 24, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi Alma, Thanks for sharing about the deer whistles. It sounds like a great idea for people who are in deer populated areas.


On Oct 26, 2012 jethro wrote:
It's scary that some people think like this!


On Oct 26, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Jethro, it's easy for everyone to think like this. Of course this video is an extreme example of the confusion of correlation with causation, but the media does this to us ALL THE TIME.

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