Cause : and how it doesn't always equal effect

by Smithsimon, Gregory,

Format: Print Book [2018]
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Cause uses sociology's tools to explain how, as humans in general, we are bad at determining cause and effect, particularly when we're trying to understand social problems like poverty, discrimination, or how to respond to climate change and terrorism. Divided into three sections, the book examines how and why humans tell stories; the unseen influences that we overlook when telling these stories; and how a smarter story could greatly enhance how we understand ourselves and each other. Cause offers nothing short of a new way of looking at our world.
Introduction: Causality
part 1. Who we are and the stories we tell : how we think about causes: Individuals are not rational ; We are narrative-making machines ; What race will the white minority be? ; Victor and victim ; Egocentric causality
part 2. The causes we don't see: Beyond social facts : space ; Allostasis or, does Ronald Reagan cause diabetes? ; Pregnant in Philadelphia? don't worry
part 3. Think better: What we know, we know socially ; A Black republican president? party realignments ; Social class and conspiracy theories that work ; Ticking time bomb
Conclusion: Dynamic causality.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This balanced consideration of cause and effect in regard to three persistent social issues (terrorism, climate change, and racism) asserts that human nature's basic egocentrism and need to create self-absorbed narratives lead to overly simplistic, often-erroneous conclusions. We are all social beings, as evidenced by the negative consequences of isolation experienced by solitary-confinement prisoners, long-distance truck drivers, stay-at-home moms, and even young adults separated from their cell phones. This makes us susceptible to often-cited but misguided beliefs, such as the wide endorsement of a 1970 military court's verdict of innocence based on a murder defense involving chanting hippies overpowering a Green Beret and killing his family or Ronald Reagan's statement that welfare queens drive Cadillacs to social-service offices. These misconceptions often persist in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence. As a solution, Smithsimon suggests the adoption of dynamic causality: the shifting of focus from stories to analyses and results when seeking solutions for social problems. Multiple additional scenarios help create Smithsimon's compelling narrative.--McBroom, Kathleen Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Social psychology.
Reasoning (Psychology)
Publisher Booklyn :[2018]
Language English
Description xiv, 306 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-295) and index.
ISBN 9781612196763
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