Saturday, December 11, 2010

Philosophy Homework

Cum Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc Dialogue

I used to believe that correlation implied causation until I took that statistics class

And now you don’t? It sounds like the statistics class really helped.

I’m not so sure.

Not so sure about what?

That the statistics class helped.

But you said that you used to believe that correlation implied causation until you took the statistics class.

Oh, that’s cute. You think that the statistics class changed my belief about correlation implying causation.

Yes. Didn’t it?

No. You see, just because there is a correlation between my attending the statistics class and my changing my beliefs does not mean that I changed my belief because of the statistics class.

Ahh. Hmmm.

And now I’ve killed the joke.

How so?

99.9% of jokes are rendered unfunny when the punchline or gag has to be explained. However, 90% of unfunny jokes are similarly rendered funny when the joke is explained, thus the advent of metahumor through statistics.

That’s funny.

No, it’s not.

It’s not?

No.

1 comment:

Stephlton said...

I found it funny.