The Why of Things
Why was there a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant? Why do
some people get cancer and not others? Why is global warming
happening? Why does one person get depressed in the face of life's
vicissitudes while another finds resilience?
Questions like these -- questions of causality -- form the basis
of modern scientific inquiry, posing profound intellectual and
methodological challenges for researchers in the physical, natural,
biomedical, and social sciences. In this groundbreaking book, noted
psychiatrist and author Peter Rabins offers a conceptual framework
for analyzing daunting questions of causality. Navigating a lively
intellectual voyage between the shoals of strict reductionism and
relativism, Rabins maps a three-facet model of causality and
applies it to a variety of questions in science, medicine,
economics, and more.
Throughout this book, Rabins situates his argument within
relevant scientific contexts, such as quantum mechanics,
cybernetics, chaos theory, and epigenetics. A renowned communicator
of complex concepts and scientific ideas, Rabins helps readers
stretch their minds beyond the realm of popular literary tipping
points, blinks, and freakonomic explanations of the world.
Subjects: General Science, Health Sciences, Philosophy, Statistics
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