It is possible for something to not have a cause, but that thing would have to have no potential (never change), which is the definition of a deity. That deity cannot change in any way. The physical world, however, constantly changes, so it must have had an agent cause.
Can something not have a cause?
Perhaps the principle of causality applies within the universe, but not to the universe. This might allow the universe as a whole to be uncaused. An event doesn’t have a cause if it doesn’t actually happen and there was never anything that stopped it happening.
Can an effect have no cause?
‘Cause’ and ‘effect’ are conceptually joined. You can’t have an effect without a cause since to call something an effect is to imply that it has a cause – and to call something a cause is to imply that it has an effect.
Is there a cause for every event?
“Determinism” defined: Every event has a cause/set of causes; if its cause occurs, then the effect must follow. In the assigned reading by David Hume, Hume calls determinism the “principle of necessity” and claims that a belief in its truth is part of common sense.
Does there have to be first cause?
There needs to be a cause for the universe. Nothing comes from nothing so since there is something there must have been some other something that is its cause. Aristotle rules out an infinite progression of causes, so that led to the conclusion that there must be a First Cause.
Is causation an illusion?
Illusions of causality can occur for anyone, just like visual illusions. They occur because of the way the human mind has evolved: It extracts causality from coincidences. Thus, counteracting the illusion is a matter of being able to use the right tools and knowing when and how to use them.
Can the future affect the past?
THE future can affect the past, according to a bizarre new theory which adds even more weirdness to the strange world of quantum mechanics. The standard quantum theory dictates that all the particles in the universe have no definitive states – weirdly, that is, until they are measured.
Do Tachyons exist?
A tachyon (/ˈtækiɒn/) or tachyonic particle is a hypothetical particle that always travels faster than light. Physicists believe that faster-than-light particles cannot exist because they are not consistent with the known laws of physics.
How time is an illusion?
According to theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, time is an illusion: our naive perception of its flow doesn’t correspond to physical reality. Indeed, as Rovelli argues in The Order of Time, much more is illusory, including Isaac Newton’s picture of a universally ticking clock.