|Pop!Tech 2008 - George Lakoff (Photo credit: Pop!Tech)|
Lakoff draws a distinction between “direct causation”, which occurs when some force is used directly to achieve an end, and what he calls “systemic causation”.
“Smoking is a systemic cause of lung cancer,” he writes. “HIV is a systemic cause of AIDS. Working in coal mines is a systemic cause of black lung disease. Driving while drunk is a systemic cause of auto accidents. Sex without contraception is a systemic cause of unwanted pregnancies.”
And he says scientists should be using thisword to alert the world as to the immense dangers the globe confronts fromman-made warming, now proceeding at a breakneck pace. Read the article here