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  •  Most people who smoke don't get lung cancer (0+ / 0-)

    That sure doesn't mean smoking doesn't have anything to do with getting lung cancer.

    •  um (3+ / 0-)
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      wader, wonmug, vcmvo2

      you do understand the concept of science and causality, right?

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 11:24:17 AM PDT

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      •  um, yes (1+ / 0-)
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        fatbeagle

        very, very well.

        I pointed out that in the case of smoking and lung cancer, one of the causal agents, smoking, is neither necessary nor sufficient.

        This statement of yours fails to recognize this.

        if countless others live similar circumstances without ever becoming killers, how does this tell us anything about why these two became the anomalies?

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