Correlation does not prove causation, but lack of correlation doesn’t disprove causation either.To read other articles in this series, click here.
UPDATE: After some feedback, I’ve added a bunch of graphs to the number lists below to help clarify.
What does it mean when someone says “correlation does not prove causation?” It’s a common phrase uttered by individuals who deny that climate change is happening, that it is dominated by the industrial emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2), and that the changes will be disruptive to both ecosystems and human society (aka industrial climate disruption, global warming, or climate change). In order to understand why these deniers of industrial climate disruption are wrong, we first have to understand what they’re talking about when they’re talking about correlation, causation, and the relationships between the two.
What is correlation?
Correlation is a measurement of how related two different sets of numbers are to each other. Continue reading