Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:16 AM
n2doc (44,673 posts)
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.
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Correlation between autism diagnosis and organic food sales (Original post)
Response to n2doc (Original post)
Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:35 AM
snappyturtle (14,656 posts)
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.
Response to snappyturtle (Reply #1)
Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:05 AM
nenagh (1,925 posts)
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..