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You are thinking only in terms of efficient causality.
Of one thing effecting the next. That is what
science has limited us to. Actually, in the
electronic world in which we now live, effects
tend to precede causes.

I resist saying the folowing, but:

The material cause is the material which composes something.
The formal cause is the form of something.
The final cause is, in a sense its purpose or the end to which it tends.
The efficient cause is how something is made.

These are gross oversimplifications but at least a starting point
for dicussion.

P.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dunja Seselja" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2006 4:08 PM
Subject: causality


> --- Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> > E=MC(2)  refocussed the idea of causality
> > in terms of the building blocks out of which things
> > are made.
> > Matter as both particle and wave.
> > 
> > P.
> 
> But why would this imply (or presuppose) a different
> sort of causality? There is a cause, there's an
> effect. I don't see any "final purpose" present in
> Einstein's theory...
> As for the particle/wave problem - how do you relate
> that to the problem of causality at all? Besides,
> contemporary interpretations of quantum physics still
> have a lot of trouble trying to connect this theory
> with relativist physics, so I don't understand what
> you meant when you said that sentence... :-/
> 
> Cheers!
> 
> Dunja
> 
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