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Does association imply causation? Why or why not?

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No, association does not imply causation. What association (or correlation) says is that two phenomena tend to occur at the same time, or in conjunction with each other. However, there may be other variables that are similar to both phenomena that are actually the root of causation.

We know that coldness below a specific temperature "causes" water to freeze. This is repeatable as long as the ...

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This solution provides a brief summary of the difference between causation and association/correlation and gives a couple simple examples.