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Causal ModelsHow People Think about the World and Its Alternatives$
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Steven Sloman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183115.001.0001

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 The Information Is in the Invariants

 The Information Is in the Invariants

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(p.11) 2 The Information Is in the Invariants
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Causal Models
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Steven Sloman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183115.003.0002

This chapter focuses on why cause matters. It argues that causal relations hold across space, time, and individuals; therefore, the logic of causality is the best guide to prediction, explanation, and action. Not only is it the best guide around; it is the guide that people use. People are designed to learn and to reason with causal models.

Keywords:   causal systems, selective attention, causal relations, logic of causality

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