Monday, January 27, 2014

Correlation vs Cause

The current debate circling cocktail parties is the debate about the legalization of Marijuana.  It is now legal in several states and I believe it will be legalized nationally within five years.  The opponents make the case against legalization with statistics saying that Marijuana use leads to more dangerous drugs. 

J.R. had the best response when they cite a statistic that over xx% of drug users started with Marijuana.  Just respond ..."and 100% drug users are known to have consumed milk".

Cause and correlation are too very different things.  Edward Tuttle said it best: 
  • "Empirically observed covariation is a necessary but not sufficient condition for causality."
  • "Correlation is not causation but it sure is a hint

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