Unformatted text preview: know something even if we are not absolutely sure that we know something? Can we distinguish between what is ``conceivably'' true and what is ``reasonably'' true? A humorous example of the difference between a correlation and a cause-effect relationship is the Coalition to ban Dihydrogen Monoxide. To find out more about this ``dangerous'' chemical, select the links below (will display in another window): 1. Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide! 2. Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division . Summary • A correlation between two things does NOT prove one thing causes the other. The second thing could cause the first or some other underlying factor could cause the correlation. • Scientists have to be very careful to rule out other possible underlying factors before concluding one thing causes something else. • Though scientific proofs are not known with absolute certainty, enough evidence can be accumulated to be reasonably certain....
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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