By Alexander Moseley
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Hume, though, rejects the concept completely: cause is merely an association that our minds place on successive events – there is no mechanism, as such, merely the connection between X and Y that we concoct by observing regular correlations between events. We invent cause: when a key is struck, a note is played. But not always – a certain amount of force is necessary. Yet is that not dependent on previous experiences? It may not happen tomorrow. ). This encourages some to consider causation in terms of probability, with there being no certainty.
The argument generated Descartes’s mind/body dualism, which attracted much contemporary and present commentary. In evaluating his thinking self, Descartes believed it self-evident that it did not possess extension as such, that it is immaterial, yet happily he thought it connected to the physicality of his body. The body exists materially, taking up space, moving through space with its soul intact. But why should it be that the mind is self-evidently immaterial? Intuitively so, he believed. The mind is clearly one and entire, unlike the body, which can lose parts and so be separated; it is, however, distinct from the body and therefore separable from it, an argument which permitted Descartes to return to theological conclusions concerning the immortality of the soul.
Indubitably, increasingly complicated animals exhibit a growing consciousness of surroundings and of past associations. A horse recognizes its rider, but does a plant recognize the hand that feeds it, even though talking to plants apparently encourages their growth? In death, a body loses the personality that gave it its character – consciousness is seemingly lost for good; implicitly, we accept consciousness as unique and fragile and are thus drawn to other living entities when we are alone in a solidarity with consciousness, but does that mean that all consciousnesses are One, in a mystical sense of a transcendental spirit uniting us all?