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Cause : and how it doesn't always equal effect

Author: Gregory Smithsimon
Publisher: Booklyn : Melville House, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Freakonomics of the sociology world. This book shows how deeply irrational we humans are, and what we can do about it When we try to understand our world, we ask "why'" a specific event occured. But this profoundly human question often leads us astray. In Cause, sociologist Gregory Smithsimon brings us a much sharper understanding of cause and effect, and shows how we can use it to approach some of our most  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Smithsimon, Gregory.
Cause.
Booklyn : Melville House, [2018]
(OCoLC)1022117918
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Smithsimon
ISBN: 9781612196770 1612196772
OCLC Number: 1023431222
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 306 pages)
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Gregory Smithsimon.

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The Freakonomics of the sociology world. This book shows how deeply irrational we humans are, and what we can do about it When we try to understand our world, we ask "why'" a specific event occured. But this profoundly human question often leads us astray. In Cause, sociologist Gregory Smithsimon brings us a much sharper understanding of cause and effect, and shows how we can use it to approach some of our most daunting collective problems. 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 "why'" and a hope that we may improve our society and ourselves.

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