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They are impossible.

Suppose they were possible, then you couldnt write down all the causes in a finite space, because if you could, then that description would be a single cause for the whole chain.

This means that if they are possible that you have to expand the meaning of what is a cause into an infinitely long description, essentially taking each step in the causation as an axiom in the definition of cause. So "infinite" chains of "causation" are about as meaningful as stating "A->B, because "A->B". Or "anything happends for a reason, because this is the definition of reason!".

They are impossible.

Suppose they were possible, then you couldnt write down all the causes in a finite space, because if you could, then that description would be a single cause for the whole chain.

This means that if they are possible that you have to expand the meaning of what is a cause into an infinitely long description, essentially taking each step in the causation as an axiom in the definition of cause. So "infinite" chains of "causation" are about as meaningful as stating "A->B, because "A->B".

They are impossible.

Suppose they were possible, then you couldnt write down all the causes in a finite space, because if you could, then that description would be a single cause for the whole chain.

This means that if they are possible that you have to expand the meaning of what is a cause into an infinitely long description, essentially taking each step in the causation as an axiom in the definition of cause. So "infinite" chains of "causation" are about as meaningful as stating "A->B, because "A->B". Or "anything happends for a reason, because this is the definition of reason!".

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They are impossible.

Suppose they were possible, then you couldnt write down all the causes in a finite space, because if you could, then that description would be a single cause for the whole chain.

This means that if they are possible that you have to expand the meaning of what is a cause into an infinitely long description, essentially taking each step in the causation as an axiom in the definition of cause. So "infinite" chains of "causation" are about as meaningful as stating "A->B, because "A->B".