Causes and Effects Are Part of an Infinite Continuum of Causes

As we learned from the second principle, causes are not linear. They branch out into at least two causes each time we ask why of an effect and if we ask why of each of those causes we find an ever expanding set of causes as shown in the example below.

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As we begin to explore the possibilities, we begin to see that causes are part of an ever-expanding and complex infinite set of causes which the human mind heretofore had no way of dealing with, which may help explain why we tend to use simple-minded strategies like categorization and storytelling to solve problems.

Knowing that causes and effects are part of an infinite continuum helps us understand that, no matter where we start our problem analysis, we are always in the middle of a chain of causes. It also helps us understand the importance of being humble and recognizing that the more we know, the more we know we don't know.