Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Why did I write this post?

Over at the Modeled Behavior blog, Karl Smith has written a lovely little post on causation.

As he puts it
Suppose you had figured out actual causation. How would you know?
I was reminded of a (Five year!) old post of mine, quoting a story I read about causation in Dennett's book "Freedom evolves".

Causation is a subtle concept. Experiments don't prove causation (whatever that is) except in the simplest case. We are far too confident that we know what we are talking about.

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