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Started by bossab2 on Aug 9, 2018 9:05:16 PM
Correlation isn't Causation

Post your scientific mumbo jumbo here:

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bossab2 - 09 Aug 2018 21:07:12 (#1 of 26)

"Equality" correlates with navigation skill apparently:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45134809

However "equality" is measured....

FrankieTeardrop - 09 Aug 2018 21:10:56 (#2 of 26)

“Denmark, Finland and Norway have the world's best navigational skills - possibly down to their "Viking blood"”

Ah, a reason for my excellent sense of direction and love of maps!

Policywatcher - 11 Aug 2018 10:47:41 (#3 of 26)

Well, you know, the Vikings that couldn't navigate, tended to get killed young... it's just yet natural selection in action, innit.

virgil5 - 11 Aug 2018 11:08:23 (#4 of 26)

"Just" the Talk correlates more precisely than "Not" the Talk, therefore "Guardian Talk Unlimited" was a good idea.

barkis - 11 Aug 2018 11:09:48 (#5 of 26)

Except you'd only need one navigator on a ship. And the viking age was only about 2 centuries, not long enough for natural selection to work.

Policywatcher - 11 Aug 2018 11:20:16 (#6 of 26)

Um. That was intended as a spoof of the "just so" style of evolutionary biology stories.

Hilary - 11 Aug 2018 14:42:08 (#7 of 26)

I assumed the "possibly down to their Viking blood" bit was a spoof already.

AlanII - 11 Aug 2018 14:44:46 (#8 of 26)

You never know with the BBC today do you?

RosyLovelady - 11 Aug 2018 14:46:56 (#9 of 26)

The BBC can't even do correct pronunciation these days.

browserbutton - 11 Aug 2018 14:49:00 (#10 of 26)

The Vikings could navigate in thick fog using a magnetic fish -- I saw it in a film about Vikings.

Brunothecat - 11 Aug 2018 15:55:38 (#11 of 26)

They used to take apples with them on long journeys, I have heard. In barrels.

virgil5 - 11 Aug 2018 16:20:33 (#12 of 26)

Tony Curtis was a Viking.

I saw it in a documentary appropriated called The Vikings.

browserbutton - 11 Aug 2018 16:24:19 (#13 of 26)

No, he was enslaved by Vikings -- he was a Northumbrian.

virgil5 - 11 Aug 2018 17:20:14 (#14 of 26)

Ah. What about Ernest Borgnine? Enslaved in Italy?

Brunothecat - 11 Aug 2018 19:04:46 (#15 of 26)

I think he's working for Branson these days, maiming people who try and ride trains by clinging to the underneath.

Hilary - 14 Aug 2018 13:51:09 (#16 of 26)

Sometimes Correlation CAN imply Causation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUti6vGctQM

LittleMissMuffet - 14 Aug 2018 13:55:29 (#17 of 26)

I recently attended a Bad Science lecture delivered by Ben Goldacre. He mentioned this site, which I am officially in love with:

http://tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations

Did YOU know that the Number of People Who Drowned By Falling Into a Pool can be correlated with Films Nick Cage Appeared In?

RosyLovelady - 14 Aug 2018 13:58:40 (#18 of 26)

99% of bicycle stealers have previously seen HMQ on telly at least once.

virgil5 - 15 Aug 2018 13:47:58 (#19 of 26)

I fink therefore I yam.

TommyDGNR8 - 15 Aug 2018 13:55:50 (#20 of 26)

I am intrigued by the 5000 or so people who have died so far this century by getting tangled in their bedsheets.

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