Cause : and how it doesn't always equal effect
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Smithsimon begins by explaining the misguided cause and effect explanations that have given us tragically little insight on issues such as racial discrimination, climate change, and the cycle of poverty. He then shows unseen causes behind these issues, and shows how we are hard-wired to overlook them. Armed with these insights, Smithsimon explains how we can avoid these mistakes, and begin to make effective change.
Combining philosophy, the science of perception, and deeply researched social factors, 'Cause offers us a new way to ask owhy?o and a hope that we may improve our society and ourselves.
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.
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xiv, 306 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-295) and index.