The Book of Why · The New Science of Cause and Effect

The Book of Why · The New Science of Cause and Effect
Authors
Pearl, Judea & Mackenzie, Dana
Publisher
Basic Books
Tags
science , philosophy
ISBN
9780465097616
Date
2018-03-01T00:00:00+00:00
Size
2.83 MB
Lang
en
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"Everyone has heard the claim, "Correlation does not imply causation." What might sound like a reasonable dictum metastasized in the twentieth century into one of science's biggest obstacles, as a legion of researchers became unwilling to make the claim that one thing could cause another. Even two decades ago, asking a statistician a question like "Was it the aspirin that stopped my headache?" would have been like asking if he believed in voodoo, or at best a topic for conversation at a cocktail party rather than a legitimate target of scientific inquiry. Scientists were allowed to posit only that the probability that one thing was associated with another. This all changed with Judea Pearl, whose work on causality was not just a victory for common sense, but a revolution in the study of the world"--