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When one billiard ball hits another can one truly claim that the force of the first billiard ball caused the second to move What Hume defines as custom or habit plays a role in our instinctual want to create perceived connections between two events based on our past experiences from which unjustified matters of fact arise David Humes problem is that humans incorrectly state that two events are connected because of past experience Custom is a solution provided by Hume to solve the problem of why we repeatedly incorrectly state that two events are connected and expect to receive the same results this expectation arises from custom According to Hume the first thing any human would do isimmediately infer the existence of one object from the appearance of another Yet he has not by all his experience acquired any idea or knowledge of the secret power by which the one object produces another Hume Book 5 Part 1 There are two events the first billiard ball colliding with the second or cause and the second billiard ball moving effect 999 of people would rationalize that because the first billiard ball hit the second billiard ball of equal size the second has to move because of our experience with receiving the same result In the past we always see the billiard ball move so we expect that in the future we will receive the same result However do we ever in any one instance of connexion which is conceivable by usobserve any tie between them Hume By observing any ties Hume is referring to how the two events are connected For example can one physically see the force from the first ball hitting the second which causes it to move No The problem that Hume is addressing is that even though no evidence exists of this connexion between cause and effect or two events humans will create one in their minds Hume is attempting
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