Episode 3: Correlation Versus Causation

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As ice cream sales increase, so does the rate of shark attacks! Correlation of evidence is the practice scientists use to develop an understanding of causation, but would you believe that one of the worst mistakes we scientists make is being convinced that correlation implies causation. Sometimes two things that correlate have no direct link to each other at all. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as they discuss the differences between correlation and causation and how to interpret them.


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