Concepts and Background of Causation

  • Alfred S. Evans

Abstract

Since the beginning of history, natural science has been based on common experience. Primitive man observed things in space and in time and made conjectures for the explanation of natural phenomena (Lenzen, 1954). Such experiences led to the belief that the sun is the cause of light, that fire caused smoke, and that injury caused pain. They led to the concept that causation is a process by which one phenomenon, the cause, gives rise to another phenomenon, the effect.

Keywords

Bacillus Smoke Malaria Syphilis Vibrio 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfred S. Evans
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  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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