linear causation

linear causation,

n unidirectional causality, in which each cause is itself the effect of a prior cause, and where no effect can precede its cause. Also called
classical causation. See also acausal and causation.
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Linear causation can be accounted for without postulating a new ontological level; thus non-linearity is a criterion for hierarchical emergence which is 'nontrivial', (48) and hence for emergent causation.
But when they fix their sense of responsibility to a pattern of simple linear causation, whether it be animistic or scientific, they become so out of touch with modern experience that they develop the kind of symptoms we call anxiety.
In the system's emergent evolution, neither upward or downward causation nor the interaction between them can be simple, linear causation.
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