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One of our experts cited a 2013 piece in Foreign Affairs -- "The Rise of Big Data" -- that says "a worldview built on the importance of causation is being challenged by a preponderance of correlations." Hmmm.

And this: "in many instances, we will need to give up our quest to discover the cause of things, in return for accepting correlations. With big data, instead of trying to understand precisely why ... a drug’s side effect disappears, researchers can instead collect and analyze massive quantities of information about such events and everything that is associated with them, looking for patterns that might help predict future occurrences. Big data helps answer what, not why, and often that’s good enough."

I'd like to ask, What effect might this have on the culture of evidence-based medicine? Will the move to collaboration and data sharing flourish under the Reign of Correlation?