Does cause exist in the macroworld?

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Does cause exist in the macroworld?

Post by Philosophy Explorer » Fri May 29, 2015 3:46 pm

According to this, it may not:

"What causes what in the natural world? When you open up a book on quantum field theory or particle physics, words like ’cause’ and ‘effect’ appear nowhere in the book. The idea that A precedes B and therefore A causes B is a feature of our big macroscopic world. It’s not a feature of particle physics."

Quoted from http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2015052 ... future_rss

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Re: Does cause exist in the macroworld?

Post by hammock » Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:57 am

Philosophy Explorer wrote:Does cause exist in the macroworld? According to this, it may not: . . . The idea that A precedes B and therefore A causes B is a feature of our big macroscopic world . . .

So there's a warning elsewhere in the article that the meaning of some of its sentences should be inverted?

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Re: Does cause exist in the macroworld?

Post by van Keister » Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:21 pm

I believe "cause" has been replaced by exacting use of "functional relationships." "Cause" is too narrow in that it is isolated and saturated with human projections which ultimately leads to primal causes.

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