Did I cause the lights to go out??
When I was a child, there was a massive blackout that caused the entire northeastern portion of the United States to be without power.It happened that my younger sister turned on the television moments before all the lights went out. She believed that everyone lost their power because she turned on our television. But of course that wasn’t true.
We face the same confusion between coincidence, association, and causation regularly when we see news about the latest thing believed to cause (or cure) autism spectrum disorder (ASD).The following article, found on the website About.com, does a good job of explaining the difference between association and causation.The better we understand this, the better we are at judging the importance “new findings” that appear in the news on a regular basis.
Russell J. Bonanno, M.Ed., TAP Program Manager