Archive for Confusing Correlation with Causation

From Time Magazine: Does Kindergarten lead to crime?

From Time Magazine: Does Kindergarten lead to crime?

July 25, 2012 No Comments

Time magazine recent reported on New Hampshire state legislator Bob Kingsbury's assertion that "The sources I have is I went to the Department of Education and got a list of kindergartens and I went to the safety department and got the crime report," he said. "In general, the towns with a kindergarten have 400 percent more crime than other towns in the same county. In every county the towns and cities with kindergarten had more crime."

Confusing Correlation With Causation

July 19, 2012 No Comments

Confusing Correlation With Causation: (Buying gas is correlated with owning a car. Clearly, buying gas causes car ownership.)

Confusing Correlation with Causation, Definitional Matters
Lisa Simpson demonstrates causal reasoning

Lisa Simpson demonstrates causal reasoning

May 23, 2011 No Comments

The long-running primetime animated series 'The Simpsons' demonstrates the fallacy in some kinds of causal reasoning:

Fake Expert

Fake Expert: A fallacious appeal to authority in which the 'expert' is not an expert at all.

Expert in the wrong domain

Expert in the wrong domain: a fallacious version of an appeal to authority - i.e. appealing to a doctor...

Slippery Slope

Slippery slope: If we take one step, we’ll have to take all the rest of them because there’s no...

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Post hoc ergo propter hoc: “After this, therefore because of this”, a fallacy in reasoning about causes. (I took...

Poisoning The Well

Poisoning the well: Telling the audience what to think of a speaker when you’re introducing the speaker (My next...