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Is consistency trivial in randomized controlled trials?

Here are some more thoughts on Hernan and Taubman’s famous 2008 paper, from a chapter I am finalising for the epidemiology entry in a collection on the philosophy of medicine. 512 more words

Causal Inference

Civil liability for anti-vaxxers?

A big story making the news these days is parents who choose not to vaccinate their children, and how that choice affects others. While many would say that parents have the right to make choices for their own children, a big issue with failing to vaccinate your children is how that affects other children whose parents may want to vaccinate, but can’t for some other health reason. 1,047 more words


Quinquae Viae: The Five Ways of Aquinas (Part 2)

“The second way is from the nature of the efficient cause. In the world of sense we find there is an order of efficient causes. There is no case known (neither is it, indeed, possible) in which a thing is found to be the efficient cause of itself; for so it would be prior to itself, which is impossible. 1,058 more words


David Lewis’ Account of Causal Asymmetry

Any adequate theory of causation must be able to account for the apparent fact that causes precede their effects and not the other way around. If event A causes event B, then it would seem that A occurs before B in time. 781 more words


Betting the House, not the Economy

Òscar Jordà, Moritz Schularick and Alan Taylor recently put out an interesting paper on the relationship between interest rates, the housing market and financial crises. 618 more words


Causation, Part 16 (Gross)

In this post, I explore how the Gross decision mischaracterized the 1991 amendments to Title VII and their effect on the ADEA.

As we discussed in the last post, Congress’ reaction to… 476 more words