10 Correlations That Are Not Causations

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Author's Note: 10 Correlations That Are Not Causations

As much as I abhor poor experimental design, blind reliance on statistics and sensationalistic science reporting, it's worth mentioning that strong correlations, while not alone sufficient to prove cause, often point to areas worth investigating. Clearly, by "correlations" I don't mean autocorrelations, confounding variables or other artifacts of bad design or poorly understood methodological requirements and constraints; nevertheless, maybe the Internet can lay off the "correlation does not imply causation" slogan for a bit, or at least grow a bit more selective in its application.

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