Is it a choice where I place the seat of truth and validity? Can I decide for myself what is the cause of an effect? I.E. Yesterday I decided that the sun should rise again today (literally that the world should continue to turn while I slept). Lo and behold I woke up and the sun was on the other horizon. Can I then choose to believe that it did so on that particular occasion because of my choice? I may assume that every other day these atronomical happenings came about because of the laws of physics or perhaps the declaration of some other being. Today however the sunrise approached the east of my location because yesterday I told it to.
To the point: It seems to me that in this isolated circumstance I can grant as much validity to the belief that the cause of the sunrise was my declaration as I could to the scientific laws that I've grown to accept most of the time.
Would the commonly accepted explanation have less value than before? I think this brings the point home a little better. Do I just choose which explanation feels better? If so what makes one more intuitively correct than the other? It is sometimes seen as a fundamental truth that the sun should rise in the east. It has been explained scientifically that the east was not always east. (I am referring to the change in the position of the axis relative to the sun.) After the recent Earthquake/Tsunami near Japan it was reported that the earth's tilt had changed slightly. I realize this may support the scientific explanation in one way, but it also defeats it in that east is not always east.