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Science - Geology
|English term or phrase: contingency in history|
|Opabinia and company constituted the strange and wonderful life of a remote past; they have also imposed the great theme of contingency in history upon a science uncomfortable with such concepts.|
|theory that history is determined by a systematic series cause & effect|
"Historical explanations take the form of the narrative: E, the phenomenon to be explained, arose because D came before, preceded by C, B, and A. If any of these earlier stages had not occurred, or had transpired in a different way, then E would not exist (or would be present in a substantially altered form, E', requiring a different explanation)....[This is not per se] randomness (for E had to arise, as a consequence of A through D), but of the central principle of all history--contingency." Furthermore,...the universal psychological appeal of the notion of historical contingency, in terms that leave no doubt that this is not a concept specific to evolutionary biology: "Historical explanations are endlessly fascinating in themselves, in many ways more intriguing to the human psyche than the inexorable consequences of nature's laws....Contingency is the affirmation of control by immediate events over destiny....Contingency is a license to participate in history, and our psyche responds. The theme of contingency, so poorly understood and explored by science, has long been a mainstay of literature...." --Paul A. David
So in comparison, the scientists "Opabinia and company" have indeed taken on the theory that history is determined by a systematic series of cause & effect, which has been a topic of debate in the scientific community. That would thus explain the line "...a science uncomfortable with such concepts"
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It is a synonimous of discussion or argument. It is very spoken in latin languages.
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