Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Multi-causal Bottom Line


Multiple causality versus simple-mindedness:


Glib talk is the stuff of front-stage politics

(but not of back-stage politiking).


Of advertisements and journalism

(but not of editorial meetings).


Those who are successful in the world do not

think that way, although they use talk as a weapon.


Yet there is advantage, even in science and intellect

in simplifying to the most powerful causes,


and to win the center of attention among the voices

by summing up the complexities in a term,

Kuhnian paradigm, spin, vicious and virtuous circles,


but not to think you've said it all

when you've only pointed where to look.


If one thing in the world is true, it is surely this:

everything has multiple causes.