Rock Music and Declining Oil Production

I picked this theme up from The Big Picture, which picked it up from the blog Overthinking It.  Of course, these are obvious insights, so I don’t feel too bad piggybacking on giants.

Two things captured my attention.  First, Peak Oil, the idea that production of oil has stopped growing–peaked in the U.S. in the early ’70s, and slowing in the rest of the world.  Second, the idea of correlation versus causation and how many confuse them.  The graphic below clearly shows that the decline in songs added (replacing others) each year to Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs of All Time has lead to declining oil production in the U.S.



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