The causal value of Big Data. Two views on causation


Not everything should be approached quantitatively. Is causation perhaps one of them?

Scientific research relies on data, and preferably lots of it. Population studies and statistical models are used to find and establish causal knowledge. The idea is that the more data we have, the better justification we have for our causal hypotheses. Continue reading


Understanding causation by way of failure

ImageHow do we learn about causation? David Hume thought that we do so from observing two types of events always co-occurring. Whenever the first event occurs, the second event follows, and from this we infer that the first event causes the second. Causation is then marked by regular, law-like behaviour. Continue reading