Peter Rabins Tells Us “Why”

UPDATE: Peter Rabins will read and discuss his new book The Why of Things: Causality in Science, Medicine, and Life at the Ivy Bookshop on October 30th at 7pm. More Details


Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, is author of the recently published book The Why of Things: Causality in Science, Medicine, and Life.  In it Rabins tackles questions of causality— why some people get cancer while others do not? Why is global warming happening?

In his argument, Rabins proposes a conceptual framework that draws a three-facet model of causality for analyzing formidable questions of science, medicine, economics… all asking essentially, “why?”  Rabins situates his argument within relevant scientific contexts such as quantum mechanics, cybernetics, chaos theory and epigenetics, guiding readers beyond popular ‘tipping point’ and ‘freakonomic’ explanations of our world. 

In addition to his position as a faculty member at the Berman Institute, Rabins is the Richman Family Professor and director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine.