The Meaning of Cause and Prevent: The Role of Causal Mechanism

@inproceedings{Walsh2011TheMO,
  title={The Meaning of Cause and Prevent: The Role of Causal Mechanism},
  author={Clare Walsh and Steven A. Sloman},
  year={2011}
}
How do people understand questions about cause and prevent? Some theories propose that people affirm that A causes B if A's occurrence makes a difference to B's occurrence in one way or another. Other theories propose that A causes B if some quantity or symbol gets passed in some way from A to B. The aim of our studies is to compare these theories' ability to explain judgements of causation and prevention. We describe six experiments that compare judgements for causal paths that involve a… CONTINUE READING

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