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Pierre-Simon Laplace, who is among the founders of probability theory and a great physicist, recognizes the uncertainty in making predictions but attributes this uncertainty to ignorance. indd 24 6/16/2011 1:59:59 PM CHAPTER 2 Causality and the Three Pillars of Aristotelian Science 25 The curve described by a single molecule in air or vapor is regulated in a manner just as certain as the planetary orbits; the only difference between them is that which comes from our ignorance. Probability is relative, in part to this ignorance, in part to our knowledge.

Hume states emphatically that there is no such ground. Belief in causality rests not on reason, but on habit. In one of the key passages in scientific epistemology, he writes, But there is nothing in a number of instances, different from every single instance, which is supposed to be exactly similar; except only, that after a repetition of similar instances, the mind is carried by habit, upon the appearance of one event, to expect its usual attendant, and to believe that it will exist. This connexion, therefore, which we feel in the mind, this customary transition of the imagination from one object to its usual attendant, is the sentiment or impression from which we form the idea of power or necessary connexion.

Among Kant’s categories, causality is a category of relation, in this case, between cause and effect. Surely the mind relates events. But if there is contiguity between a prior event A and a posterior event B, then why insist that the mind imposes the category of causality as the relation between them? If causality is more than mere temporal contiguity, then the category seems to say that the mind imposes the belief that there is some occult connection, precisely the notion that Newton bracketed and Hume rejects as having no logical or empirical foundation.