Marvin Minsky on Causal Explanation - Dictionary of Arguments
Cause/causation/Minsky: a causal explanation must be brief. Unless an explanation is compact, we cannot use it as a prediction.
Dependence/”everything depends on everything”: There can't be any causes in a world in which everything that happens depends more or less equally upon everything else that happens.
To know the cause of a phenomenon is to know, at least in principle, how to change or control some aspects of some entities without affecting all the rest.
The most useful kinds of causes our minds can discern are predictable relationships between the actions we can take and the changes we can sense._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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