#TBT: Correlation and Causality

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim about arts education: Correlation and Causality. A common mistake that humans make is to confuse correlation with causality. For example, did you ever notice that baseball games get canceled right about the time people take out their umbrellas? From that, I could conclude that when people use umbrellas, it causes umpires to cancel baseball games. Wrong. Rain causes both. Rain is “causal,” but umbrellas and baseball cancellations are “correlated.” …

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