Is simultaneous causation possible, actual, or impossible?
What is simultaneous causation?
Simultaneous asymmetric causation takes place between two distinct events e and e*, where e is the cause and e* is the effect, when there is no time-difference between the occurrence of the two events, that is, they occur at the same time.
Simultaneous symmetric causation in the same conditions, but the events e and e* are causing each other.
Examples of simultaneous asymmetric causation:
- an iron ball depressing a pillow: here, arguably, the effect -the pillow's depressing- is not subsequent to the cause -the ball's lying on the pillow- but simultaneous with it.
- Consider a locomotive with two pairs of wheels, one pair on the front side, one in the rear, and its engine being directly connected to, and by this bringing into motion, the front-side pair of wheels; a consequence of the engines applying a force to the front-side wheels is the motion of the rear-side wheels: here, again arguably, the effect - the rear-side wheels' motion- is not subsequent to the cause - the front-side wheels' motion- but simultaneous ...