Why is linear causality deterministic?

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Why is linear causality deterministic?

Postby dhammapal » Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:12 am







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Re: Why is linear causality deterministic?

Postby chownah » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:34 am

Linear causality would be like when A happens it causes B and when B happens it causes C and when C happens it causes D and when D happens it causes E.......etc.....etc......keeps going and doesn't stop. With linear causality if you know that A happens then all the rest is COMPLETELY DETERMINED all the way on to infinity because there is no mechanism to cause anything different to happen....that is why it is called DETERMINISTIC.

Remember that this is just a theory and according to what Thanissaro said causality is not linear and not deterministic.

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Re: Why is linear causality deterministic?

Postby dhammapal » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:19 am

Hi Chownah, all,

I was wondering if present actions could be free even if the present experience of pleasure or pain was caused solely by past actions. I'm confused.

Thanks / dhammapal.






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Re: Why is linear causality deterministic?

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