We know that correlation is not causation. We remind each other, time and time again to avoid conflating data coincidence with causality.
My friends, we are losing this battle.
Apparently, this kind of critical thinking is beyond most people. (TV news covering the results of a scientific study is fertile ground for proving my point)
A proposal: we admit a new “Correlation is Causation” axiom into our daily rhetoric.
Me: We are out of soda.
Friend: Today is Tuesday.
Me: It’s Tuesday because we are out of soda!
I think if we practice this kind of reasoning often and publicly, the world will be a better place. And we’ll know exactly why.