Causality Quotes

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Aldous Huxley
“Man is so intelligent that he feels impelled to invent theories to account for what happens in the world. Unfortunately, he is not quite intelligent enough, in most cases, to find correct explanations. So that when he acts on his theories, he behaves very often like a lunatic.”
Aldous Huxley

David Foster Wallace
“All I'm saying is that it's shortsighted to blame TV. It's simply another symptom. TV didn't invent our aesthetic childishness here any more than the Manhattan Project invented aggression.”
David Foster Wallace

Paul Valéry
“One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.”
Paul Valery

Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Belief in the causal nexus is superstition.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“There are no telegraphs on Tralfamadore. But you're right: each clump of symbols is a brief, urgent message-- describing a situation, a scene. We Tralfamadorians read them all at once, not one after the other. There isn't any particular relationship between all the messages, except that the author has chosen them carefully, so that, when seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep. There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Bertrand Russell
“The law of causality, I believe, like much that passes muster among philosophers, is a relic of a bygone age, surviving, like the monarchy, only because it is erroneously supposed to do no harm.”
Bertrand Russell, Selected Papers

Laurent Binet
“I’m fighting a losing battle. I can’t tell this story the way it should be told. This whole hotchpotch of characters, events, dates, and the infinite branching of cause and effect - and these people, these real people who actually existed. I’m barely able to mention a tiny fragment of their lives, their actions, their thoughts. I keep banging my head against the wall of history. And I look up and see, growing all over it - ever higher and denser, like a creeping ivy - the unmappable pattern of causality ... How many forgotten heroes sleep in history's great cemetery?”
Laurent Binet, HHhH

Peter J. Carroll
“Conspiracy theory, like causality, works fantastically well as an explanatory model but only if you use it backwards. The fact that we cannot predict much about tomorrow strongly indicates that most of the explanations we develop about how something happened yesterday have (like history in general) a high bullshit content.”
Peter J. Carroll, Psybermagick: Advanced Ideas in Chaos Magic

Umberto Eco
“Because reasoning about causes and effects is a very difficult thing, and I believe the only judge of that can be God. We are already hard put to establish a relationship between such an obvious effect as a charred tree and the lightning bolt that set fire to it, so to trace sometimes endless chains of causes and effects seems to me as foolish as trying to build a tower that will touch the sky.”
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Every action is a reaction.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“One’s cause - aloneness- matters not as much as one’s purpose - Love.”
Wald Wassermann

“Now as in the beginning undivided yet self-differentiated for companionship, friendship, love.”
Wald Wassermann

“English: "Means are limit of consequences."

Česky: „Prostředky jsou limitem následků.”
Sebastián Wortys, Vtiposcifilo-z/s-ofie

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We each unwittingly contribute, each and every day, to the preventions and to the causes of millions of accidents.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“There is no difference between abiogenesis and biogenesis. All is one and the same. One's purpose not to be alone. One's purpose companionship, friendship, love.”
Wald Wassermann

“In an abstract adrift kind of way. The cause of the big bang is self not wanting to be by itself and the purpose of self is love. What it means is that the big bang is a synonym for bio diversity and that bio diversity is a synonym for self differentiation and that the purpose of self differentiation is love with love being a synomym for companionship and friendship. Condense all of the above? The point is love. And that is quite hot.”
Wald Wassermann

“The large scale structure of the universe we observe today was formed from small quantum fluctuations which have been amplified by gravity over 13.787±0.020 billion years. But why difficult when truth is simple? The origin of self is self not wanting to be by itself and the purpose of self is companionship otherwise known as love; so love, simply love.”
Wald Wassermann

“Results of a recent survey of 74 chief executive officers indicate that there may be a link between childhood pet ownership and future career success. Fully 94% of the CEOs, all of them employed within Fortune 500 companies, had possessed a dog, a cat, or both, as youngsters.

The respondents asserted that pet ownership had helped them to develop many of the positive character traits that make them good managers today, including responsibility, empathy, respect for other living beings, generosity, and good communication skills. For all we know, more than 94% of children raised in the backgrounds from which chief executives come had pets, in which case the direction of dependency would be negative. Maybe executive success is really related to tooth brushing during childhood. Probably all chief executives brushed their teeth, at least occasionally, and we might imagine the self-discipline thus acquired led to their business success. That seems more reasonable than the speculation that “communication skills” gained through interacting with a childhood pet promote better relationships with other executives and employees.”
Reid Hastie, Rational Choice in an Uncertain World: The Psychology of Judgement and Decision Making

“Another situation in which we attend to base rates occurs if people ascribe some causal significance to discrepant rates. When they can see the causal relevance of the base rates, they often incorporate them into their reasoning. For example, the belief that one bus company has more accidents than another because its drivers are more poorly selected and trained will influence mock jurors to take this difference in accident rates into account in evaluating eyewitness testimony; but belief that a bus company has more accidents simply because it is larger will not. Study after study has shown that when these rates are merely statistical as opposed to causal, they tend to be ignored. Exactly the same effect seems to occur in real courtrooms; naked statistical evidence is notoriously unpersuasive.”
Reid Hastie, Rational Choice in an Uncertain World: The Psychology of Judgement and Decision Making

“The origin of self is the unwillingness of self to be by itself. As such the purpose of self or that which self calls life. The purpose of self companionship. The purpose of self friendship. The purpose of self love.”
Wald Wassermann

J.L.  Haynes
“In the celestial firmament the seed of infinity is sown in just one bubble in a never-ending cosmic ocean of causality. This great expanse gives way to entire universes and worlds within from which life is born, and from its evolved forms new-universes are shaped. New creations to be watched, but what if they are found wanting—who shall judge them—benevolent or malevolent beings, immortals, deities, the Gods?”
J.L. Haynes

“Without motion one would be alone.”
Wald Wassermann

Wisława Szymborska
“Each human act has countless causes. The author works to reveal these causes.”
Wisława Szymborska, How to Start Writing (and When to Stop): Advice for Writers

Raheel Farooq
“It is the plurality of effects that we mistake for that of causes.”
Raheel Farooq, Why I Am a Muslim: And a Christian and a Jew

“How was confounding defined then, and how should it be defined? Armed with what we now know about the logic of causality, the answer to the second question is easier. The quantity we observe is the conditional probability of the outcome given the treatment, P(Y | X). The question we want to ask of Nature has to do with the causal relationship between X and Y, which is captured by the interventional probability P( Y | do(X)). Confounding, then, should simply be defined as anything that leads to a discrepancy between the two: P(Y | X) != P(Y | do(X)). Why all the fuss.”
Judea Pearl, The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect

Syed Buali Gillani
“A tragedy unveiled in its causality is but a tragedy incomplete; only in the shadow of uncertainty, where the root of suffering remains veiled, does the tragedy reach its poignant entirety.”
Syed Buali Gillani

Jean-Claude Larchet
“The demonic etiology ofcertain illnesses is affirmed by the Scriptures: explicitly in the prologue to the Book ofJob (Job 2:6-7), and implicitly in tbe words of the Apostle Peter, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; ... he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devll, for God was with him" (Acts 10:38). In addition, there are numerous biblical accounts of miracles where the demonic origin of illness clearly appears. The Fathers also affirm such an etiology. This recognition of a demonic etiology does not prevent the Fathers from admitting as well a biological, organic or functional etiology as parallel or secondary. Far from excluding physical causality, the "metaphysical" or spiritual origin of illness includes the physical aspect, recognizing it to be a necessary vehicle for manifesting the demonic.”
Jean-Claude Larchet, The Theology of Illness

“No being can be excluded from causal action.”
Radoslav Rochallyi, ESSE: Theorems on Morality and Power

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