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Cause and Effect

Cause is defined as difference opened.

Effect is defined as difference closed.

Difference
The simplest of constructs. By difference we refer to any and all of that which can be said to be identifiable through our experience or through the experience of our technologies. In short difference is self evident. This is the most we can say about it in totality without a definition, and there is none. Specifically within the context of this model we can add only that,

1) Difference has some Cause,

2) Difference has some Effect.

From this alone we can construct a relationship for the purpose of modeling reality. We can presume difference as a starting point for all other definitions. Presumably, we can transpose the above and assert that Cause and Effect operate on difference. “Causality” asserts an origin of some kind. Effect asserts an outcome of a given Cause. Together they describe flow.

Flow that most resembles our concept is the flow of electricity. Electricity in our collective and most common experience can be switched on or switched off. In the practice or trade of electricity when a switch turns off the electricity the switch is said to be open and the flow of electricity must wait. When the electricity is turned on the switch is said to be closed and the flow of electricity resumes. You can think also in terms of a door or gate both of which can be opened and closed. When the gate or door is open pedestrian or vehicular traffic can flow and when the gate or door is closed pedestrian or vehicular traffic must wait.

These two simple encapsulations provide us with our definition for cause and effect.

When the switch is opened we say that difference is also opened. There is a difference between the two sides of the switch. When the switch is closed we say that difference is closed and there is no difference between the two sides of the switch. We can argue the details if we so choose however one could do worse than become comfortable with this difference expression defined as follows.

Cause is defined as difference opened.

Effect is defined as difference closed.