Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cause and effect

Who said cause and effect was a simple matter of fishbones or force fields?
There is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects
- Jorge Luis Borges ”La flor de Coleridge”, in Otras Inquisiciones, 1952

By the way, while we're on this point, lets not confuse causation with correlation. Correlation between two phenomenon are often linked by a third so-called confounding event. Thus, two events seem to move together, and thus one appears to be the causation of the other, but in fact, they are simply correlated by a confounding event.

Thus: lesson learned. Before declaring causation, look about for the confounder!

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