“Causation is the most fundamental connection in the universe. Without it, there would be no science or technology.”
Causation: A Very Short Introduction is the title of a book by Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum. It’s relevant to the field of mental health because of (for example):
- The scientific paradigm in relation to mental healthcare. Should this paradigm shift so as to centre around the emerging field of complexity science, or should the current paradigm (being more simplistic, reductionist and linear) remain dominant?
- A potential evolution from “evidence-based” practice to complexity-based practice.
The publishers (Oxford University Press) say:
“Causation is the most fundamental connection in the universe. Without it, there would be no science or technology. There would be no moral responsibility either, as none of our thoughts would be connected with our actions and none of our actions with any consequences. Nor would we have a system of law because blame resides only in someone having caused injury or damage.
Any intervention we make in the world around us is premised on there being causal connections that are, to a degree, predictable. It is causation that is at the basis of prediction and also explanation. This Very Short Introduction introduces the key theories of causation and also the surrounding debates and controversies. Do causes produce their effects by guaranteeing them? Do causes have to precede their effects? Can causation be reduced to the forces of physics? And are we right to think of causation as one single thing at all? …
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