Spurious Narrative [...]

Tyler Vigen finds spurious correlations. The weird thing about them is that your mind can’t help but make a narrative, even when you know there is no connection. Your mind craves narrative even when the basis for narrative is demonstrably wrong.

As an example, here’s a correlation between cheese consumption and death through bedsheet tangling, from Vigen’s book of spurious correlations:

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We dare you to try and not think of a reason these two things would rise together, even though there is no reason to think there is any connection at all.


Stories can help us understand, but they also deceive. See Stories and Deception

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