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Event and unexpected


In philosophy, one might want to distinguish facts from events, and then between physical events, mental events, and brain events. An event occurs at a point in time which can be distinguished because the state of the world changed. Something was different before and after the event. Physics also speaks of event horizons and simultaneity. In Physics and in Science in general, an event may be contrasted with a process, which occurs across intervals, not just at a point on a timeline. An action or relationship may be misunderstood when viewed as an event or single point of focus. Instead, it may help to view it as part of an integrated process.

On the contrary, an unexpected event occurs at a point in time which can be distinguished because the state of the world has not changed yet. None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives (K. Norris). At the moment, when it occurs, there is no difference before and after the unexpected.

Is unexpected a kind of event or no event at all ?

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