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Cause and effect

Cause and effect
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First Published: Tue, Aug 09 2011. 10 03 PM IST

Photo Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Photo Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Updated: Tue, Aug 09 2011. 10 03 PM IST
The great power of science lies in its ability to link cause and effect. When this is extended to the human domain, grotesque explanations are routine. The London riots have been blamed on poverty and race. This has been a fashionable argument for long.
Photo Luke MacGregor/Reuters
But it does not explain why all poverty-stricken places don’t go up in flames. The link between poverty, crime and despondency is far more complex than a one-to-one mapping imagined for London. Instead of focusing on fancy sociology, London should start preparing for the 2012 Olympics.
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First Published: Tue, Aug 09 2011. 10 03 PM IST
More Topics: Picedit | London Riots | Poverty | Race | Olympics 2012 |