Proximate cause

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A cause which immediately precedes and produces the effect, as distinguished from the remote, mediate, or predisposing cause.
That which in ordinary natural sequence produces a specific result, no independent disturbing agencies intervening.
- I. Watts.

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We may say, speaking somewhat roughly, that a stimulus applied to the nervous system, like a spark to dynamite, is able to take advantage of the stored energy in unstable equilibrium, and thus to produce movements out of proportion to the proximate cause.
As the fog had been the proximate cause of this sumptuous repast, so the fog served for its general sauce.
This was the proximate cause, I suppose, of my dreaming about him, for what appeared to me to be half the night; and dreaming, among other things, that he had launched Mr.
Objective: Why do individuals vary in their cognitive abilities This proposal takes the disciplines of cognition and evolutionary biology into a natural setting to answer this question by investigating a variety of proximate causes and population-level consequences of individual variation in cognitive ability.
Indeed the material on proximate causes has outgrown a single chapter and now commands one chapter on hormones and neurobiology and a second on molecular genetics and development.
Rate cuts won't attack the proximate causes of today's economic turmoil - widespread mortgage defaults at one end of the economic scale and a credit squeeze afflicting Wall Street at the other, both rooted in the excesses of the housing boom.
He correctly points out that the majority of scholars fail to address the ultimate cause, and focus instead on a multiplicity of proximate causes.