Hume uses a billiard ball as an experimental example

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Hume uses a Billiard ball as an experimental example. “ When I see, for instance, a billiard-ball moving in a straight line towards another; even suppose motion in the second ball should by accident be suggested to me, as the result of their contact or impulse; mat I not 1 Enquiry concerning Human Understanding 2 Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
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conceive, that a hundred different events might as well follow from that cause? (111) 3 Anything can happen to the billiard-ball while it is in motion. The result is not always going to be the same. The one at rest could veer to the right or left. It could remain in a straight line. “ All our reasoning a priori will never be able to show us any foundation for this preference. (111) 4 Action 1 does not always cause Action 2 to take place. Action 1 and Action 2 are two completely separate things that happen around the same time. If a teacher in a classroom throws his/ her pen at a student in the front row and hits the student in the face, the student might start crying. The teacher throwing the pen and the student crying are completely separate from each other. One did not cause the other. They are just actions that are closely related in time. The student will not always cry if a pen is thrown at him/her. We can inquire that this was a cause and effect relationship because the next time it happens the result could in fact be entirely different. Hume expresses that one cannot make the claim that things will always happen together. Our minds inferior that there is a cause and effect relationship but there is no such thing as cause and effect because it is not true to say that the cause and effect relationship that took place will always happen. “ This Proposition, that cause and effects are discoverable, not by reason but by experience, will readily be admitted with regard to such objects, as we remember to have once been altogether unknown to us; since we must be conscious of the utter inability, which we then lay under, of foretelling, what would arise from them” (110) 5 Hume believes we cannot predict the future. Even through past experiences, we as humans have no justification or proof that
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