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Does Newton's first law of motion contradicts causality?

In Newtonian mechanics the law of causality can be stated in the following very precise form: If one knows the current position and the current momentum of a particle, then one can compute its ...
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Does Newton's first law of motion contradicts causality?

First, responses that uniform motion is not change, but rather a steady state, miss the point. That's only true if there is only a single particle in the universe. If there are two particles moving in ...
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Does Newton's first law of motion contradicts causality?

The problem is, if an object moves with a constant velocity in a straight line, then there is a "change" in it's position and hence requires a "cause" to keep that change occuring. ...
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What would reality be like without causality?

I think this question cuts much deeper than most are giving it credit for. It is quite similar to free will versus determinism. Consider a simple universe consisting of a single snake and a sequence ...
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What would reality be like without causality?

We can actually get a few clues from reality itself. There are plenty of situations where events are causally disconnected from one another, allowing some weirdness to occur. Causality is intertwined ...
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What would reality be like without causality?

"Apples in a tree, for example, would move upward, then side-ways...or whichever way" This seems like a rather limited view of the effects of causality (or lack of it). If laws like gravity ...
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What would reality be like without causality?

Conceivably, there is another way for a universe to be ordered rather being random and chaotic with invoking casuality: teleology. In a teleological universe things would do the things they do because ...
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What would reality be like without causality?

According to Hume and Kant, causality is a subjective intuition, and not a physical necessity; that is, causality needs to be understood as an epistemologic phenomenon, and not as a physical fact. ...
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What would reality be like without causality?

In counterfactual scenarios, the more fundamental the counterfactual hypothesis, the more arbitrary the conclusion. If Kennedy had not be assassinated, presumably he would have run for a second term ...
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What would reality be like without causality?

Random. If there is no causal relation then you'd have no fixed chain in which events do occur and so things just happen randomly. Now the question is whether there is local or short ranged causality ...
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