Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Coincidence: coincidence is not the absence of a causal explanation, but the coinciding of several events, which were caused by independent causal chains. The determination of a coincidence belongs to the description level and may express the deviation from an expectation. The property of being accidental is not inherent to events. See also determinism, indeterminism, contingency, necessity, probability.

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Coincidence/Dennett: the blue alga, very early in evolution, is a perfect converter of light into chemical energy. This cannot be a coincidence. It is the result of targeted improvements.
I 64
Coincidence/Dennett: Coincidence has no memory. (E.g. competition in coin toss favors no properties of the winner).
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Origin of Life/Dennett: In order for a cell to be formed by coincidence, at least 100 functional proteins would have to meet simultaneously in the same place. The probability is 10 to the power of -2000, so it is virtually impossible.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Den I
D. Dennett
Darwins gefährliches Erbe Hamburg 1997

Den II
D. Dennett
Spielarten des Geistes Gütersloh 1999


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