Causality in the Human Condition

David Rozansky

Santa Monica, United States

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Humans have a practical interest in their surroundings, and tend to be resistant to the idea that things “just happen.” If one or more sheep die, humans will attempt to discover why. Learning what has killed the sheep is an important step in protecting the flock. The question can be phrased as, “What caused the sheep to die?” The answer may be “The wolves broke their necks,” or “Eating too much clover caused them to bloat.” These explanations assume the presence of an agent of some kind. In cases where an obvious cause is not discovered, humans may attribute the events to miracles or to evil supernatural agencies, or create an ungrounded theory to present something as a causative agent. There is a learned preference for some alternative to saying that something occurred without there being a reason for it. Any event that stands as ‘uncaused’ may motivate us to understand the salient events in the environment of that event.
When trying to answer questions such as, “Why is the water boiling?” it is tempting to search for a single responsible figure: “Mother lit the gas burner under the tea kettle.” However, closer examination shows that the lighting of a flame is not the only feature that must be accounted for. Closer study shows that the ambient air pressure is a controlling factor, the Earth’s gravity holding the water in the pot is a controlling factor, the temperature to which the water has been heated is a controlling factor, etc. – Wikipedia

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