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Fake news: Correlation is not causation

Posted on: December 28, 2017

Say it, repeat it: Correlation is not causation. This is a tenet in critical thinking and research literacy.

Case in point:

As long as news agencies and papers continue to publish drivel without explaining the tenet, they are peddling misinformation. There are many other factors that contribute to susceptibility or resistance to disease.

There is nothing wrong with promoting healthy eating by feeding your body with fruit. There is everything wrong with perpetuating uncritical thinking by feeding your mind with misinformation.

As long as news agencies and papers practice such lazy and unethical publishing, teachers and parents have a duty to use these examples to model critical thought.

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