Jason (jcreed) wrote,
Jason
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Will people never stop conflating correlation and causality?

Imagine the folloving theory: some people experience more severe memory loss than others due to alcohol. Given X amount of alcohol, these people are also more likely to black out. Doesn't this adequately (and even naturally) explain the data described in the article, without any causal relationship between drinking enough to black out and future memory impairment? I'm not saying that I think the conclusion is all that improbable, just that the methodology sucks.
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