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What criteria can be used to distinguish between correlation and cause & effect 

First, it is important to know what correlation and cause & effect means to be able to distinguish between them… 614 more words


Sense-Data, Acquaintance, and Causal Dependence

In his paper ‘The Ultimate Constituents of Matter’ found in the collection Mysticism and Logic (ML), Russell points to a common objection against realism about perceptual objects, and it boils down to the claim that the objects with which we are perceptually acquainted are dependent on the mind in some robust, ontological sense. 1,610 more words

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Clearing up confusion between correlation and causation

UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH: What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Today we look at the dangers of making a link between unrelated results. 373 more words


Correlation vs causation

Negative Correlation by Alan Levine Attribution-ShareAlike Licence

This posting by Jonathon Borwein and Michael Rose has some great examples of why correlation is not the same as causation and why you need to distinguish them as a researcher and when evaluating research.



A pragmatic approach to free will

Earlier this year I engaged in a discussion on doxastic voluntarism where a commenter stated that

“I use freewill to mean we can choose to change the physical sequence of events in our brains.

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Why You Don’t Always Get the Correlation You Expect

If you’ve ever taken a statistics class on correlation, you’ve probably come to expect that a large value for a correlation coefficient, either positive or negative, means that there is a noteworthy relationship between two phenomena. 1,688 more words