The why of things causality in science, medicine, and life /

Why was there a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant? Why do some people get cancer and not others? Why is global warming happening? Why does one person get depressed in the face of life's vicissitudes while another finds resilience?"" Questions like these?questions of causality?form...

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Main Author: Rabins, Peter V.
Format: EBOOK
Language:English
Published: New York : Columbia University Press, 2013.
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Table of Contents:
  • Historical overview: the four approaches to causality
  • The three-facet model: an overview
  • The answer is either "no" or "yes": causality as a categorical concept
  • Probabilities, odds, and risks: predispositions and provocations as causes
  • A third model of causality: the emergent, nonlinear approach
  • Empirical: the physical sciences
  • Empirical: the biological sciences
  • Empirical: epidemiology
  • Narrative truth: the empathic method
  • Cause in the ecclesiastic tradition
  • Seeking the why of things: the model applied.