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.
54) While some cases might have clearly distinguishable injuries as a result of the initial collision compared to injuries from the defect, most cases are not clear cut and involve "several acts of negligence, all of which might be proximate causes of the plaintiff's injuries.
and distributing liability among proximate causes in these actions can
For all of its brevity, Wright's book digs beneath the proximate causes of concern that Diamond emphasizes and looks for ultimate causes.
Applying what it claimed were general tort principles and noting that there can be more than one proximate cause of an event, the court concluded that "it is obvious that the negligence of a plaintiff who causes the initial collision is one of the proximate causes of the injuries he sustained, whether limited to those the original collision would have produced or including those enhanced by a defective product in the second collision.
My Webster's Dictionary defines science as "knowledge as of facts, phenomena, laws, and proximate causes, gained and verified by exact observation, organized experiment, and correct thinking.
The proximate causes are, of course, well known, for instance, the organizational differences and technological disparities between the Old and the New Worlds when they collided (e.