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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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 Observation Versus Action

 Observation Versus Action

(p.52) 5 Observation Versus Action
Causal Models

Steven Sloman

Oxford University Press

Causality does not just tell us what to expect as passive observers, but what to expect when we take action, when we act as agents and intervene on the world. Causality concerns the effects of the actions we take. It also concerns the effects that actions that we do not actually take would have were we to take them. Causality at the most fundamental level concerns action. This chapter provides a means to represent action in the formalism.

Keywords:   representation, causality, intervention, formalism

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