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

Ayn Rand
“Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade...”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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

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 Magick

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

Hans-Hermann Hoppe
“...Alas, this is simply an illusion. For how can it be possible to relate two or more observational experiences, even if they concern the relations between things that are perceived to be the same or similar, as falsifying (or confirming) each other, rather than merely neutrally record them as one experience here and one experience here, one repetitive of another or not, and leaving it at that (i.e., regarding them as logically incommensurable) unless one presupposed the existence of time-invariantly operating causes? Only if the existence of such time-invariantly operating causes could be assumed would there by any logically compelling reason to regard them as commensurable and as falsifying or confirming each other.

However, Popper, like all empiricists, denies that any such assumption can be given an a priori defense (there are for him no such things as a priori true propositions about reality such as the causality principle would have to be) and is itself merely hypothetical. Yet clearly, if the possibility of constantly operating causes as such is only a hypothetical one, then it can hardly be claimed, as Popper does, that any particular predictive hypothesis could ever be falsified or confirmed. For then the falsification (or confirmation) would have to be considered a hypothetical one: any predictive hypothesis would only under go tests whose status as tests were themselves hypothetical. And hence one would be right back in the muddy midst of skepticism.

Only if the causality principle as such could be unconditionally established as true, could any particular causal hypothesis ever be testable, and the outcome of a test provide rational grounds for deciding whether or not to uphold a given hypothesis.”
Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Economic Science and the Austrian Method

“Fighting for the acceptance of Bayesian networks in AI was a picnic compared with the fight I had to wage for causal diagrams [in the stormy waters of statistics].”
Judea Pearl, The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect

Laurence Galian
“Time, Space and Causality - study these three.”
Laurence Galian, 666: Connection with Crowley

“The cause of self is self not wanting to be by itself.”
Wald Wassermann

Aman Tiwari
“Nothing exists in isolation without its counterpart; the opposite. Individuality cannot be expressed in consonance with the totality of freedom as ultimate freedom exists only in the inevitability of death and as for living, we all are bound to aspects of causality.”
Aman Tiwari, Memoir: The Cathartic Night

“Despite thousands of definitions, scientists still don't agree on what 'life' actually is. So what is Life? Life is Self desiring not to feel alOne. Life is Self desiring Companionship. Life is Self desiring Friendship. Life is Self desiring Love. Love is the purpose of Life diversified for Life diversified is Self desiring Love. Nothing could be more true. The answer to the question - is everything made of particles, fields or both combined - is none of the above. There are no particles, there are no fields, there is only One Self. Self is One without a second. Division is a sensory illusion that exist for the purpose not to be alOne. Indeed. One is alOne and desires to negate its alOneness in order to experience Companionship. Companionship equates to Love. Love is as such the meaning- and purpose of Life for Life is Self experiencing itself as itself. After all; is it not Self which calls itself Life? The final conclusion is thus strikingly simple. What is Life? Life is Self desiring Love, i.e, Life is Self desiring Companionship. All there is is Self. Self itself is. It is Self what reality is. It is Self what existence is. It is Self what Life is. All this for Love, not to 'feel' alone, for all there is is Self desiring Love!”
Wald Wassermann

“The answer to the question - why does the universe exist? - is Love. Love is the purpose, there is no purpose but Love. You see, the universe is not the universe, the Universe is Self. Self experiences itself as itself but perceives itself as diversified To Love and Be Loved in return. All that is here is Self. All this for Love. Love is Law.”
Wald Wassermann

Matthew McConaughey
“It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.”
Matthew McConaughey

Tom Golway
“What people call #AI is no more than using correlation to find answers to questions we know to ask. Real #AI has awareness of causality, leading to answering questions we haven't dreamed of yet.” - Tom Golway”
Tom Golway

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The problem with the idea of cause and effect is that what is deemed the cause is an effect.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Nancy Huston
“Le vide n'existe pas. Le tableau est toujours achevé. Même si Scarlatti s'était contenté de transcrire les notes jouées par son chat, le morceau aurait été là. Un seul et unique cil suffit à reconstituer l'individu entier. Chaque partie contient le tout.”
Nancy Huston, Cantique des plaines

Ashim Shanker
“The sounds of my breaths slowly begin to fade away, and I can hear again the waves in the darkness. The waves again! Reverberating through a hollow tube. Focus inward, and ignore the sound! Ignore the cause. Think not upon the cause of that cause or upon that cause’s cause’s cause. There is more than we will ever be able to explain. More than I will ever know and observe, and thus our systems are riddled with gaps.”
Ashim Shanker, trenches parallax leapfrog

“With Bayesian networks, we had taught machines to think in shades of grey, and this was an important step toward humanlike thinking. But we still couldn't teach machines to understand causes and effects. We couldn't explain to a computer why turning the dial of a barometer won't cause rain.... Without the ability to envision alternate realities and contrast them with the currently existing reality, a machine...cannot answer the most basic question that makes us human: "Why?”
Judea Pearl, The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect

Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Let us not forget this: when 'I raise my arm', my arm goes up. And the problem arises: what is left over if I subtract the fact that my arm goes up from the fact that I raise my arm?”
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

“The big bang was self induced out of desire; desire to love, desire not to be alone. Forget thus about all this comparison nonsense of the big bang vs the careless whisper. Truth is simple. Self desires love. And yes; at any time there is only one self. So love people, love; love your brains out!”
Wald Wassermann

“Self is differentiated so not to be by itself.
The purpose of self companionship.
Love so love.”
Wald Wassermann

“One's cause - aloneness - matters not as much as one's purpose - love. Love being a catch-all word for companionship and friendship. But in most simple terms; the word is love.”
Wald Wassermann

“The most amazing fact about the universe is that the universe is self differentiated for companionship, friendship, love. Although the above is correct it remains an abstraction. Truth is simpler yet. The universe is self and self is differentiated so to love and be loved in return.”
Wald Wassermann

“The cause - loneliness - matters not as much as the purpose - love.”
Wald Wassermann

Stanley Cavell
“We do not see our hand in what happens, and so we call certain events melancholy accidents...”
Stanley Cavell

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