<method of experimental research, logic, difference>, <concomitance, method of residues, epistemology> one of Mill's Methods for discovery of causalrelationships. If a specific antecedent circumstance is found to be present on every occasion on which a phenomenon occurs, it may be inferred to be the cause of that phenomenon. Example: "It snowed in October only three times during the past seventeen years, and each time was during an "El Nin~o" year, so the warm Pacific waters probably caused our early snows." Recommended Reading: John Stuart Mill, System of Logic (Classworks, 1986).
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