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Timothy Clancy on “Enriching our Causal Vocabulary: Expanding the Language of System Dynamics”

February 18, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

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Please join us online Friday, February 18th Noon ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter). In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics PhD Candidate Timothy Clancy ( will present

Enriching our Causal Vocabulary:
Expanding the Language of System Dynamics

Short Description: In the last 20 years, there has been a heightened interest in the fields of physics, biology, cosmogony, and complex systems science on differentiating types of causation. In this presentation, Timothy introduces many of these terms to practitioners. What is the difference between top-down and bottom-up causation or between coarse-graining and fine-graining causal chains? What are causal classes, ranks, and types? For a field seeking to simulate causal relationships in structure – are we introducing these terms into our work and techniques?

Question(s) for the Audience: This is an early draft CLM presentation for a working draft paper Timothy is working on. Q&A is expected and encouraged around the topic generally and in specific the areas Timothy is asking for help on:

1. Does SD literature currently use or reference these terms?
2. Are there SD modeling techniques to represent these causal mechanisms?
3. Are these techniques incorporated in SD methods for developing hypotheses and assessing theory?


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February 18, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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