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Apr
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comment What is the physical definition of causality?
@user11374 As to elasticity, my reading is that Hume isn't proposing elasticity as the base of causality, but rather puts it alongside such base physical forces such as gravity, momentum, and so forth. The idea he elucidates in that paragraph is that physics will always remain at bottom a descriptive science: we can only say of causal relations "this is what we observe", which as he says "staves off our ignorance a little longer" but does not truly tell us "why".
Apr
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comment What is the physical definition of causality?
@user11374 The source for both is the link I provided at the top, at the words "David Hume". If you see a clearer way to provide that link please feel free to make an edit.
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answered What is the physical definition of causality?
Feb
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comment What's the difference between running up a hill and running up an inclined treadmill?
Couldn't the m of moving my body up a hill be different than the m of moving my legs underneath me on an incline treadmill?
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