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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:16 AM

Correlation between autism diagnosis and organic food sales


Redditor Jasonp55 has a neat demonstration of the perils of confusing correlation with causation, and his well-chosen example makes this a potentially useful chart for discussing this issue with friends who won't vaccinate themselves and their kids.

http://boingboing.net/2013/01/01/correlation-between-autism-dia.html

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n2doc Jan 2013 OP
snappyturtle Jan 2013 #1
nenagh Jan 2013 #2
snappyturtle Jan 2013 #3

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:35 AM

1. This whole thing is crazy. Not a cause/effect graph....according to comments following graph.

I took it that organic food sales paralleled cases diagnosed autistic in an effort to live a healthier lifestyle. And, what's this got to do with vaccination? I'm totally confused on that one. Thanks.

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Response to snappyturtle (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:05 AM

2. "perils of confusing correlation with causation" ...

The lesson seems to be that the graphed increase in autism correlates (is very similar) to a graph showing increased buying of organic food.

But autism is not caused by eating organic food.

So those people who link the rise in autism with increased vaccinations...

Must be wrong? Honestly, I can see the argument...but there are many other factors not explained by the graphs..

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Response to nenagh (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:46 PM

3. Thank you....dah! I knew of this link of vaccinations and autism...I'm getting old! nt

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