I’m sure we all remember the high school English days of establishing cause and effect in random paragraphs. Was there really any point to it besides giving teachers a break from the monotony of lecturing? (Just kidding teachers!)
Everything has a cause
Every single thing around us has a cause. Whether it’s the direction of the wind or the loud noise you hear out outside your window. If something does not have a cause, it is still an idea that is not yet out in the world. If you find out how to transform ideas into causes, you will transform your life.
Causality implies constant change
The outcome of our actions causes another event in our lives, or in the lives of others. Everything we do propels other changes to occur in our lives. Everything in our lives is connected by different patterns of cause and effect. This is the relationship between the two. This is also why causing one thing to occur can set your life on a whole new path!
3 Steps to Cause and effect
To truly determine cause and effect, three areas must be examined. These are association, time precedence, and non-spuriousness. Feeling a little overwhelmed by that last sentence? Don’t worry! Let’s break it down.
Association is the first step to determining the cause of anything. Simply put, this just means searching for and identifying any relationship between an independent variable and a dependent variable. As an example, think of a relationship between education and income.
Many people (and statistics) would say that those who are more educated earn more money than those who are not. This establishes a basic correlationand completes the first step of association. You’re already a third of the way to determining cause and effect! Feeling more confident about this yet?
The next step in the formula is time precedence. Although this word may sound daunting, all it really refers to is the order in which things happen. Going back to our prior example, education must happen before income can be measured.
The one last thing to do is to ensure your cause and effect relationship is non-spurious. To put that into ‘normal’ terms, it means making sure that what has been established as truth by the relationship, is actually true and not affected by outside influences.
Non-spurious basically just means “not false”. If the relationship is spurious, that means it’s influenced by an outside variable. For example, we could say that as children’s feet get bigger, they get smarter. This would be spurious because we know that other factors such as age and education influence intelligence, not the size of their feet.
One change can cause other great things to occur
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