The Sydney Morning Herald:
For those interested in events and ideas, our days are full of explanations. Every morning the columnists tell us why politicians acted as they did yesterday. At school and university our children study the causes of historical events. Come evening and the television explains why the market has gone up or down, and the current affairs shows present pundits who predict the future of politics, economics, and international affairs. It seems that the smarter we are, the more we need to know not simply what happened, but why.
Sadly though, a growing body of research in the past 30 years suggests much of this seeking after the truth is futile, intellectually if not emotionally. It represents a deep need to find significance and meaning in events that, in fact, are usually random.
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