Coincidence? Yep.

Check out this video! (hat tip to Onegoodmove) You might think about rare happenstances a little differently after getting a good shot of statistics in your brain.

Think about all the ways that in fact common and likely events are used by people to convince you that some X factor was responsible for it. X could be a supplement pill, a supernatural claim, or a skin care product. It takes a carefully designed test to really know if X causes Y. Otherwise, it could just be coincidence.

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Karl Haro von Mogel

Karl Haro von Mogel serves as BFI’s Director of Science and Media and as Co-Executive Editor of the Biofortified Blog. He has a PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from UW-Madison with a minor in Life Sciences Communication. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar researching citrus genetics at UC Riverside.