causal agent


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n causal agent any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
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In literature:

Equally in either case the agent can only be properly said to be unfree, if he be subject to causal restraint from without.
"Mind and Motion and Monism" by George John Romanes
The word is also applied to comma-shaped objects, such as the "comma-bacillus," the causal agent in cholera.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
The causal agent is probably organismal, but has as yet escaped detection.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
Men find the logical or causal connection between direct goods, or final product, and indirect goods, or agents.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter

In science:

It is consistent with the data that the causal agent of the 62 My periodicity may act as a background stress, rendering other kinds of events more serious, and transforming them into mass extinctions [Melott and Bambach 2010b].
Atmospheric Consequences of Cosmic Ray Variability in the Extragalactic Shock Model II: Revised ionization levels and their consequences
Here we propose an alternative to the causal and semantic senses of information: a transmission sense of information, in which an object X conveys information if the function of X is to reduce, by virtue of its sequence properties, uncertainty on the part of an agent who observes X.
The transmission sense of information
Focussing on the relations between knowledge gain and causality, we hope to make the thesis results instrumental in the widely defined field of epistemic analysis in multi agent systems.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
All in all, we believe (and hope) that synchronous causality, along with the new concepts and methodology presented in this thesis, will turn out to be a fruitful advancement in the field of distributed computing, as well as for multi-agent systems in general.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
The so-called Cosmological Argument is a deductive argument for the existence of a cause, or a causal agent, of the universe.
New remarks on the Cosmological Argument
What does the definition of explanation tell us for the arsonist example? What counts as a cause is, as expected, very much dependent on the causal model and the agent’s epistemic state.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
An agent who knows this causal model and that a patient has paresis does not need an explanation of why: he knows without being told that the patient must have syphilis and that U2 = 1.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
On the other hand, for an agent who does not know the causal model (i.e., considers a number of causal models of paresis possible), (ψP , S = 1) is an explanation of paresis, where ψP is a formula that characterizes MP .
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
But this is unsatisfactory because a causal agent is introduced which itself can never be an ob ject of causal effect nor of observation.
Albert Einstein's 1916 Review Article on General Relativity
He noted that the formation of rotationally supported disks is not guaranteed, and magnetic decoupling together with some other causal agent is required for disk formation in cores with a realistic mass-to-flux ratio (λ).
Conference Summary: The Cosmic Agitator - Magnetic Fields in the Galaxy
If locally observable in our world, such actions of an agent in an alternate world would certainly look ’unphysical’, ’non-causal’.
The "Ghostly" Quantum Worlds
In our world, the agent’s actions look non-spontaneous and a-causal, i.e. physically unexpected and apparently un-explainable.
The "Ghostly" Quantum Worlds
By breaking the chain of spontaneous quantum dynamics in his world, the agent causes the global effects for all the other worlds that cannot be explained by the known physics in the other worlds–those effects are not causal in the alternate worlds.
The "Ghostly" Quantum Worlds
Gene regulatory networks, protein-protein interaction networks, chemical signaling, and metabolic networks all exhibit causal relationships between their agents that are crucial for proper functionality.
Casual Compressive Sensing for Gene Network Inference