Do any of these conclusions sound familiar? They’ve all appeared in the news at one time.
- Children living near power lines have higher rates of leukemia; therefore, the electric field around the lines causes cancer.
- Because the number of children diagnosed with autism has climbed at the same rate that the number of children receiving vaccines, we can conclude that vaccines cause autism.
- The rise in global temperatures at the end of the 20th century is due to the increased use of fossil fuels in that same period.