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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Correlation and causation

Quite a few people took umbrage to the Jerry Rao piece that I'd linked to the other day, that praised Thomas Macaulay. Primary Red of Secular-Right India writes that Rao committed the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy, confusing correlation with causation. Just because the growth of English is an intimate part of our progress as a nation, he says, it does not follow, as Rao implies, that our progress would not have been possible without English. It is a well-argued post, and the fallacy is common.

Uma Mahadevan-Dasgupta gives her take here.
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