Episode 131: Correlation vs. Causation


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Today, I want to discuss the barriers to creating new beliefs, and there are several barriers, of course. Essentially, the barriers to creating our new beliefs are our old beliefs that we have accepted as true. Sometimes we get to a point where we think our beliefs are true for everyone. When we get to this point, we move from beliefs to facts; and sometimes these are in the realm of politics or religion or, other times, it just means the beliefs we have about ourselves that we believe are true, and we've accepted them as unchangeable. Then there is the ever dream-killing belief statement: I can’t do that.

Today we’re doing to dive into correlation versus causation, a concept used in both science and philosophy. I also want to shed new light on the process of confirmation bias so that you can see how it will always prevent you from changing what you believe from an unconscious conditioned function to a consciously intentional function.

Make a note to tune in to next week’s episode, where I’ll be diving deeper into the concept of confirmation bias and how you can use confirmation bias to your advantage to create new beliefs, even though it can be and often is another barrier to believing new things. For today, I’ll leave you with this before we start: Ask yourself, does A cause B? Is B the effect of A? Or do A and B simply appear together and, through the use of repetition and acceptance, I have mistaken a thought for a fact? Have you mistaken a correlation for causation? Let’s find out.

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