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Many philosophers came very close to identifying the concept of Effectology, but they could accept only logical explanations for their theories. Probably, in their opinion accidents took place too randomly to deserve any logical attention. A caprice of chance may not exactly be a classical philosophical subject for analysis. It took a woman philosopher, Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe (1919–2001) to come close to Effectology. Anscombe assumed that causality must involve necessity, and believed that causality is the derivative of the effect from the cause. However, she thought very little about the role of universality in the entire matter.
Effectologically speaking, to deny accidents and their effects in life is to deny the changes that continue to happen around us. Accidents were never a main point of study in philosophy, even though our planet and we human beings are, from a scientific and philosophic viewpoint, the product of accidents.
I feel that Effectology has a place in the history of thinking. During our turbulent times so many uncertainties are caused by the most unusual accidental circumstances. Indeed, our inherited genes are no match for technical progress and its demands on us. From dieting to computerized business, humans face new challenges, many of them pure accidents of unusual circumstances.
Nothing is worse than oversimplifying or over-analyzing important matters about our existence. Yet, in the next chapters I will try to prove the need for Effectology.