The Complexity of Cause & Effect

Posted on Sep 18th, 2012 - By Ken Robbins - 3 Comments

Borneo To understand the complexity of cause and effect, let us travel back to the 1950s to a remote island in the South Pacific. Just as a 1952 New York Times article described a fall in the overall worldwide death rate of malaria and attributed the “spread of the use of DDT” as one of the major contributing factors, the Southeast Asian island of Borneo was experiencing a terrible outbreak of the disease. The WHO (World Health Organization) thought it would step in and “relieve” the…

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