Scientific Romances

Scientific Romances

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...invariable sequences in the external world to which we do not affix the notion of cause and effect--day and night, summer and winter. Why we should do so in any case is not clear, except that by familiarity and mystery the sequences have become to us something like our own will action. Indeed, is it not the case that when we can trace intermediate links we say so and so comes from so and so in such a manner. But when no intermediate links can be traced we say one event causes another. If, however, we omit the feeling of causation from the external chain of events, it does not follow that there is no causation to be apprehended in the external world. Let us not introduce the notion of causation at haphazard. But if we find in the external world signs of an action like our own will action, let us then say, Here is causation. The inhabitants of the valley would not have been right in saying that one act of a routine caused another: But they were right in saying that the amount of sensation was constant, and that some of it passed off in a form in which they could not feel it. And so let us not say that one action causes another. Let us not say, for example, that the downward swing of a pendulum is the cause of its upward swing. But let us simply say that the one follows the other; that the amount of energy present is the same except for the small portion that passes off into the form of heat. CHAPTER IV. SUPPOSE certain sets of numbers were being presented to us one after the other, and amongst these three consecutive sets were the following. First set: 3, 5, 6. Second set: 8, --2, --1, 1. Third set: 7, 4, 2, --1. A little consideration will show us that there is a certain uniformity in these sets. Take the square of each of the numbers in the first
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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236556968
  • 9781236556967