Posted by: Dave Richeson | March 8, 2009

New graduation requirement

One of my colleagues sent me the link to the most recent comic at xkcd.com. He wrote: “College graduates should be required to say why this is funny as a condition of graduation, a part of numerosity.”

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  1. I like what Andrew Gelman said in this regard.

    “Correlation doesn’t imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing ‘look over there’.”

  2. Is that his quote? It is also the text that pops up in the comic if you hover your mouse over it.

  3. Hmm, probably not. I didn’t think to mouse over the comic.

    Gelman included the comic in his blog but he included the text separately. He put it in quotation marks, so maybe he was quoting the comic author. And maybe the comic author was quoting someone else.


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