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Does everything have a cause?

  1. Nov 2, 2014 #1
    Why does an electron have a charge? Why does the thing which gives an electron charge give an electron charge?

    Does everything have a cause? How far can we go giving things causes? Do some things happen 'just because'?
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  3. Nov 2, 2014 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    What experiment could be performed to answer this question?
  4. Nov 2, 2014 #3
    This is a very philosophical question.

    Think about the question regarding the origin of the universe. Can we go back infinitely assigning causes (chicken-egg-chicken-egg-...) or is there a first cause?

    Many, but not all, folks think there was a first cause (the Big Bang), but what caused that?
  5. Nov 2, 2014 #4


    Staff: Mentor

    Exactly. It is philosophy, not science.

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