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Causal LearningPsychology, Philosophy, and Computation$
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Alison Gopnik and Laura Schulz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176803.001.0001

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Statistical Jokes and Social Effects

Statistical Jokes and Social Effects

Intervention and Invariance in Causal Relations

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(p.294) 18 Statistical Jokes and Social Effects
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Causal Learning
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Clark Glymour

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176803.003.0019

The psychological literature on causation includes a variety of proposed analyses of causal relations: simple correlation, mental models, causal powers, etc. Each of these proposals is subject to everyday counterexamples. Correlation accounts confuse intervention with conditioning and yield statistical jokes; mental models fail to capture conditional information; races and voting present difficulties for causal power theories, as do existing philosophical accounts of causal relations among events.

Keywords:   causal models, psychology, collective causation, mental models, event causation

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