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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on December 22, 2004 21:43:37 UTC

Hi Wanda,

I presume you meant, "is that [the] reason [for] your model of explanation?"

If that is what you meant, I would have to comment that an explanation usually presumes causality: i.e., it provides some way of getting from known information to expectations. One could say that what they know will cause to happen what they expect to happen. Their expectations are based on what they know and understand.

The only expectation which does not presume causality would be the expectation that the future will bear great similarity to the past. Under that presumption, all explanations are really little more than data compression mechanisms. Or at least that is the way I see it.

Have a merry Christmas (or whatever) -- Dick

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