Attribution is the assignment of cause to an effect. Attribution is the glue that binds cause and effect. (Naturally, this is the heart of modeling). For example, we don't say simply that one marble crashed into another and caused the second marble to move: we assign kinetic energy as the attribution that binds the cause and effect.

Lack of Attribution

When we don't have an attribution — we are compelled to look for one. This is because the mind seeks to make meaning of events.

Examples of Types of Attribution


A form of open source license is the by-attribution license. Using the content of something licensed under the by-attribution license requires that you attribute the original author as the cause of the effect.

Luck, Chance

See lack of attribution above.

Strange Loop

Strange loops are intertwined loops of causation. They are interlinked loops of upwards and downward causation.


"If two organisms which have been coexisting peacefully receive painful shocks, they immediately exhibit characteristic patterns of aggression toward each other. The aggressive behavior is not necessarily directed toward the the actual source of the stimulation; it may be "displaced" toward any convenient person or object. Vandalism and riots are often forms of misdirected aggression. An organism which has received a painful shock will also, if possible, act to gain access to another organism toward which it can act aggressively." — B.F. Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity (See: scapegoat.)

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