How does this App works?
Goal of the App
Enhance critical thinking and analytical skills, helping users become more immune to misinformation and better equipped to handle the complexities of their professional and personal lives.
This App will not allow you to measure a causal effect but can guide you to understand limitations, what prevents you from measuring a causal effect in any situation and provide suggestions on the procedure to measure a causal effect in your case.
When a user presents a situation or a problem, the app first conducts a fundamental assessment of causality. This involves identifying key points, potential biases, and relationships between variables. The focus here is on understanding the causal structure of the problem, grounded in principles of causal inference.
Based on the initial analysis, the app then offers more detailed exploration tailored to the specific role or needs of the user:
Journalists/Content Creators: The app suggests further exploration into source verification and bias detection.
Professionals/Decision-Makers: For this group, the app provides advanced modules for risk assessment and decision analysis.
Students/Researchers: The app recommends educational resources on causal inference and opportunities for academic collaboration.
Example 1: I followed a fitness program for rowing for a month. I tested today and went faster. Is it thanks to the program?
Example 3: I saw a company that provides free electric scooters in city centers across Europe and claims that their service reduces pollution. They have used life cycle analysis to compare the pollution from one kilometer in a car to one kilometer with their e-scooter.
The Causal Mindset's answer:
Understanding the concept of causality is crucial from fighting climate change, to our quest for happiness, including strategic decisions making.
Causality is interested about relating cause and effect and answering “why?” and “what if?”. And in essence the biggest questions today relate to this concept. For example:
What is driving climate change? What is the effect of this mitigation strategy?
What are the cause of the spread of a certain health issue? What if we encourage healthy life habits?
What is driving happiness? What if I reduce screen time?
Watch my TEDx explaining the concept and providing the basic tools:
About the author
I dedicated my career to bridging academia and civil society through innovative teaching and research. Beyond research, I taught statistics and causal inference to more than 10,000 people. over the last decade. More about myself on my personnal page.
The Framework behind the App
THE CAUSAL MINDSET is a set of practical tools inspired by statistics, and causal inference (the study of cause and effects), that I use to do scientific research, taught in academia and beyond.
I am currently finishing writting the book The Causal Mindset. You can sign up for the book updates here: Sign up