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In this paper I will discuss Cliffords text The Ethics of Belief I am going to examine Cliffords views on the uniformity of nature Also why he chooses some examples and what those examples actually meant when trying to understand the uniformity of nature Lastly I will discuss the importance of assumption in everyday life and the effect that it has on the world around usThe assumption is that nature is uniform across space and time This means that what has happened in the past with nature is how it will happen again in most cases The idea of the uniformity of nature allows a person to use his past experience or knowledge to infer new concepts in the same areasClifford uses the hydrogen line and the example about being burned by a stove to give the reader two concrete examples of how the assumption of nature is used The burned by a stove example is used to simplify the whole idea As a kid when you are first encountered with being burned by a stove you forever learn not to go near the fire The child does not have to be taught that day after day if he touches the fire on the stove it will burn It is assumed that fire will forever be hot because of his past experience of what happened when he touched it This is an example of how nature is uniform across time because now the child assumes that no matter when he touches fire on any day it will burn him because of the assumption that nature is uniform Clifford uses the hydrogen line example to illustrate how nature is uniform across space He uses this because when using the spectroscope it is assumed that if we see the same lines when we look at the sun as we do when we look at something with hydrogen on earth then there is hydrogen on the sun The
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