Coorelating evidence does not always have a cause and effect relationship

One of the larger mistakes I see frequently made is the assumption that correlating evidence has a cause and effect relationship, and often that's just not true.  A child might conclude that going outside makes the rain stop because every time mom sends them outside it's not raining.  Mom knows better, she doesn't send her children out to play when it's raining and that's not the same thing. 


Many correlations sound like reasonable causes, if you don't study them carefully enough to see if they actually do have a cause and effect relationship.  In another WB forum suicide rates were compared to see if the number of guns influences the number of deaths, and they don't seem to despite the fact that most people would almost assume they do.


Many assume man made global warming is a fact, often based on bits and pieces of natural cycles that out of context make it appear we're doomed.  Al Gore's inconvenient truth highlighted many coorleatons that turned out to be far more misleading than the factual predictors he convinced most of us they were.


Most of the racist behavior used to demonize our police is bases on statistics that sound very damning when not considered in context and contrasted with other influencing factors.


Indeed even most of the evidence women's libbers use to claim women are discriminated against in the workplace ignores contemporary statistical evidence.  Things aren't like they use to be.


It's time for all of us to take a wider look at all our paradigms to see where our own blinders might be preventing us from seeing the bigger picture and realizing the truth.