single v. multiple causes

carter pate (CPATE@UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Fri, 21 Apr 1995 14:36:24 EDT

What's this about Newton? Yes, he seems to have originated the idea of gravity
--as one of many variables helpful in explaining motions of heavenly bodies.
Yes, it's a force which is universal, found on lesser scales such as the
earth's surface. But it varies with mass, and with distance. And the heavenly
bodies remain in orbit by virtue of a BALANCE between gravity and centripetal
forces. If this ever was a single-cause theory, it has certainly been modified
by acceptance of the idea of a Solar wind, any how many other modern astrono---
mical discoveries. Is human behavior more or less complex than this?