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>Does this translate to "Applications of this research might destroy society, please refrain"?

The biggest potential use of casual inference from what I remember in school is social policy predictions. Large scale changes that you simply cannot randomly test. Things like "does prosecuting minor crimes more heavily lower overall crime" or "does privatizing schools increase student test scores." Even if you get the causality right in the main metric there may be secondary effects you don't even test for.




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