The other day while delivering a lecture I happened to talk of cause and effect. Of course, nothing new about it. But suddenly I found myself talking of multiple causes to a single effect and realized that it is very much possible that all the factors that contribute to a certain effect may not be visible and the invisible might as well have the greatest impact on the final result and we might still be sifting through the visible factors and then finally end up attributing the result to the cumulative effect of all factors. And that would be a credible ‘scientific’ inference based on verifications and cross-verifications. However, since the inference is scientific in nature, it would be considered unimpeachable unless disproved scientifically.
This implies that in view of a scientific inference, we’ll be blind to the actual cause-effect relationship and may even declare any alternative explanation ‘imaginary’ or ‘superstitious’.
The fact is unless we know everything about everything we cannot claim to conclusively know anything. Our knowledge, therefore, is nearly always limited and forever questionable. So, there is always a possibility of there being an absolutely new explanation for age old happenings unseating longstanding, conventional, scientific conclusions. Quite amusing, isn’t it?