Saturday, September 12, 2009
From the archive: Correlation is not Causation
Homer: Not a bear in sight. The "Bear Patrol" is working like a
Lisa: That's specious reasoning, Dad.
Homer: [uncomprehendingly] Thanks, honey.
Lisa: By your logic, I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
Homer: Hmm. How does it work?
Lisa: It doesn't work; it's just a stupid rock!
Lisa: But I don't see any tigers around, do you?
Homer: (pause) Lisa, I want to buy your rock.
I'm a philosophical man. I like to think we can know things, if only by defining knowledge in a special, self-evident, ultimately probably futile way.
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