Unformatted text preview: properties (or behavior) of what actual things in the world. The contrary of a matter of fact is always possible. So we can rule it out simply by thought about it. What is needed is observation and what we can infer from observation. All reasoning from observation is about causal relations: cause and effect. This includes: beliefs about what we presently cannot observe, beliefs about the past not directly based on memory, all beliefs about the future, and all beliefs about how things generally behave. We have no conception of what causes what a priori. We acquire such beliefs by experience, in particular, by observing which objects (events) are regularly conjoined....
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