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Unformatted text preview: The following terms relate to the notion of causation. Each captures some element of the concept, but as you can see, their specific usage is not without some problems. The inference of necessary and or sufficient causation implies some frame of reference. If the frame of reference is allowed to change without limit then establishing either is meaningless. In establishing light as sufficient to elicit pupillary contraction in an animal it is presumed that the range of conditions does not include overriding drug conditions or living and dead animals. A necessary cause can similarly be so depreciated by variations of its interpretation that it becomes virtually useless as a description. Aristotle's enumeration of causes, raise other issues. While we tend to think of a single event like the woodsman's chop as the cause of a tree falling, we could alternatively point to the role of the tree being...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
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