Question Causality

David Musick (
Fri, 1 Nov 96 17:17:33 UT

Lyle said "Maybe that's a sacred cow -- I always assume that there is a cause
for whatever happens. More precisely, I assume that the best way to proceed
in most situations is to look for causes. This is something that I don't
think I would be willing to question."

I agree with you that looking for the causes of things is a good way to
understand how things work. However, I wonder why you are unwilling to
question this. Questioning something does not mean that you are denying it,
saying it is incorrect. It simply means you are probing deeper into the
subject, so that you can understand it better. My experience has shown me
that questioning my beliefs is always beneficial, even very basic beliefs. If
they are valid and worthwhile beliefs, then the process of questioning tends
to strengthen them, and if they are invalid or have errors, then the process
of questioning reveals that to me, and I seek to correct my flawed beliefs.
Questioning my beliefs has always been very educational for me, and engaging
in that activity helps me clarify my thinking, so that I become a more
powerful and accurate thinker.

I think that if you questioned your notions of causality you would gain a
better understanding of why you think that way, and perhaps your questioning
will help you gain some truly deep insights into the nature of causality.

A bad idea's worst fear is to be questioned, for then it will be seen for what
it truly is.

A good idea's greatest desire is to be questioned, for then it will be seen
for what it truly is.

- David Musick

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