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Cause by chance or by stimuli?

  1. Oct 17, 2006 #1
    "Christophina won the lottery."

    Consider the following as explanations as to why this happened:

    1) "The odds of winning were 1 out of 1 million."
    2) "Christophina chose the right numbers."

    "Christophina chose the right numbers."

    Consider the following as explanations as to why this happened:

    1) "It was likely that she chose those numbers given that this was her 1000th try."
    2) "She decided to use the numbers from a fortune cookie."

    "She decided to use the numbers from a fortune cookie."

    Consider the following as explanations as to why this happened:

    1) "It happened by chance."
    2) "She thought it would be fun to, even if she didn't win."

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    "The chicken crossed the road."

    Consider the following as explanations as to why this happened:

    1) "I don't know... probabilities? Maybe because it had enough time to get there?"
    2) "The chicken was to go to the other side."

    "It was to go to the other side."

    Consider the following as explanations as to why this happened:

    1) "This is purely by chance. Given enough time, it would happen."
    2) "Something was there that the chicken approached, and nothing was there to stop it."

    Cause by chance or by stimuli?

    Which is closer to mysticism? Is the reasoning behind your answer due to chance and passage of time? Is chance and the passage of time responsible elections, crimes, and desires?
     
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