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Do essentially ordered causal series really exist?

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  • Do essentially ordered causal series really exist?

    I think a good definition for each is the following. An essentially ordered causal series, is one whos effect continues to exist only insofar as the cause of that effect continues to cause it. An accidentally ordered causal series, is one whos effect no longer needs it's cause to continue to exist.

    I think a good example of the former is a clock with gears. Gear A will only turn, insofar as gear B is turning, insofar as gear C is turning, etc. An example of the former would be, a baseball hitting a bat. The ball will continue to move, absent of the bats continuing to hit it.

    Now, the objection goes like this. No causal series can really be essentially ordered, because there will always be a time difference between the effect E and the cause C. But if time doesn't matter, what exactly must the difference in time be between a cause and effect to be considered, either eesentially ordered, or accidentally ordered? It seems like a loose disinction.

    Thoughts?


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    If later members are dependent on the continual efficacy or existence of previous members then it's essentially ordered regardless of whether or not it takes time for that casual efficacy to manifest itself down the causal chain.

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    • #3
      Joe has it right.

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