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Can drinking coffee help people live longer? What makes a stock’s price go up? Why did you get the flu? You contend with questions like these on a regular basis, but it’s unlikely you ever took a course on how to find causes or examined the process you use to make these judgments.
This book helps you think about causality in a structured way: What is a cause? What are causes good for? What is compelling evidence of causality? After reading this book, at a minimum, you’ll be able to think more critically about causal claims, such as newspaper headlines claiming a particular food leads to death or cancer.
Whether you want to use your running logs to figure out why you get injured, or be able to evaluate scientific claims more critically,Why will help you sharpen your existing causal inference skills and develop new ones.