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CHSPR Seminar with Boris Sobolev | Causal Epistemology: Applications

How do we know that the vaccine works and that cancer treatment prolongs life? We see treatments and we see changes in health. How do we know that one causes the other? It follows from reasoning. We reason that randomization makes treatment groups alike. We reason that stratification blocks covariation. We then credit the treatment with changes in health. In this talk, I will share a breakthrough made by discovering the hierarchy of seeing, doing, and imagining in causal attribution. The main learning objective is to recognize the different types of applications in health research as we move through the hierarchy.


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