Saturday, October 06, 2012

Duncan Green quotes Tolstoy

in What does Tolstoy’s War and Peace teach us about Causation, Complexity and Theories of Change?

One quote(some thing which I tell myself often):
‘It is beyond the power of the human intellect to encompass all the causes of any phenomenon. But the impulse to search into causes is inherent in man’s very nature. And so the human intellect, without investigating the multiplicity and complexity of circumstances conditioning an event, any one of which taken separately may seem to be the reason for it, snatches at the first most comprehensible approximation to a cause and says ‘There is the cause’.....

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