The Multiplicity and Complexity of Phenomena

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The human mind cannot grasp the causes of phenomena in the aggregate. But the need to find these causes is inherent in man’s soul. And the human intellect, without investigating the multiplicity and complexity of the conditions of phenomena, any one of which taken separately may seem to be the cause, snatches at the first, the most intelligible approximation to a cause, and says: “This is the cause!”

-Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace
Book IV, Part 2, Chapter 1, first paragraph

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