Small causes

The last few days have really reconfirmed my preference for getting my news online. The mainstream media, more than ever, offers only bread and circuses. The endless politics-as-horse-race coverage is matched only by endless obsessing about someone who died in a car accident linked to alcohol ten years ago.

Ah well, at least the latter has provoked a good post by Mark, who concludes that

Big things can have small causes, but we’re programmed to believe otherwise

. And you don’t get David Hume quoted on Breakfast TV very often:

It must certainly be allowed, that nature has kept us at a great distance from all her secrets, and has afforded us only the knowledge of a few superficial qualities of objects; while she conceals from us those powers and principles on which the influence of those objects entirely depends

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