Contemplating Our Conclusions
"Our Dinner Table" on February 27, 2013. It was written by Seth, a regular contributor to this site.
Short on words, long on potential for provoking thought about the conclusions we regularly accept because of the regularity of their repetition.
Signals Rather Than Causes
Being a homeowner makes one responsible.
Responsible people become homeowners.
Going to preschool improves ones chances of success.
Having parents that do a lot of things, including sending kids to preschool, improves ones chances of success.
A college degree increases your earnings.
Ambitious folks find ways to make more money. I’ve heard of studies that look at non-college graduates that have similar ambition and work ethic as college graduates that show that they have about the same earnings as college graduates.
Countries with government health care have better health, as measured by life expectancy and infant mortality, than the U.S.
Other factors like health habits, diet choices, demographics, lifestyle choices and differences in the way these health stats are tracked from country to country have bigger impact than whether the health care system is provided by government or not.
Can you think of any?