No Critical Thinking Required

By Keith Kloor | May 21, 2014 2:37 pm

On Twitter, a popular health advocate makes this observation:

Pretty incredible, isn’t it?

Here’s another correlation that will blow your mind.

You can check out all manner of “spurious correlations” at this site, which Knight Science Journalism blogger Paul Raeburn and others have been noting of late.

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  • Viva La Evolucion

    I think Keith Kloor would have better shown his point if he would have shown the correlation between organic food sales and ER visits due to food allergies.

  • mem_somerville

    Every three minutes, a scientist or public health professional bangs their head on their desk because of something clueless they see on twitter.

  • realheadline

    The correlation between the amount of government money given to the climate cult and the number of ‘scientific’ reports generated to validate their beliefs.

  • JH

    There’s no lack of critical thinking here! Using these spurious correlations is 100% intentional.

    We also have 100%-intentional mischaracterizations to explain away data that are perfectly real and aren’t even the result of spurious correlations – the no-pause-in-atmospheric-temperature crowd – and people who just plain old make things up – the Sandy-is-the-new-normal crowd (if so, it’s better than the old normal, where storms were much worse).


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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine. In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest. He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.


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