An Introduction to Effectology
Questions that will be considered:
What is "Effectology?"
What is an "accident?" What is an "effect?"
How important is the accident in triggering the "happening" of something else?
My philosophy, which I call "Effectology"®, is this: natural or man-made accidents and unforeseen circumstances produce effects that influence the function of objects, animals, humans, and social orders, and often change the course of history.
Because nothing can exist without a cause, and each cause is due to an accident, I believe that accidents and their effects are the primary source of what affects cosmic changes, our world and our lives. My philosophy is an attempt to analyze the importance of accidents and their effectual impact. My goal is not to attempt to answer questions or question answers. Rather, I try to show the relationship between an accidental cause and its responding effect.
An accident is a random act of fate and implies no fault, since it is an action no one wants. The word "accident" may come from the Greek acidium/sour, which indicates a sudden change in the taste of something. It may come from the Latin accido (same as cado), meaning to fall, to strike, to happen. In the broad sense, an accident covers anything that happens by chance, without expectation, regardless whether it is a good or a bad change.
Accidents happen because clashing forces need a relief, or an exit. Those exploding forces set disruptive patterns in action with unexpected consequences that impact their vicinity. This vicinity can be a minuscule molecule, our bodies, a dormant volcano, or the entire solar system. There is one common denominator: accidents cannot be controlled; there is no "off" or "on" lever to motivate, limit, or modify their actions. The results can be destructive or constructive.
The assumption when speaking about accidents is that something wrong and damaging happens. However, plenty of accidents result in the best things in life. In fact there is a word to describe this"serendipity"which, according to the Oxford American Dictionary, is "the making of pleasant discoveries by accident."
Effectology does not go beyond the accident to examine its provenance and its detailed nature, for this is not the study of "Accidentology," another name missing from the philosophical dictionary. I named my worldview "Effectology" because the effect of the accident is what is most important.
Effectology is intended to be a cognitive and a pragmatic philosophy with intricate implications at all levels of life on earth. It does not put God or other mysterious forces in a position to answer and to solve the unthinkable, or to explain the unexplainable. Instead, Effectology is intended to study the powerful effects of disruptive actions and their impact on us, our environment, and our world. "Nothing is/lasts forever" was an ancient axiomatic truth, enough to justify the need for this new philosophical concept.