n.1.One who causes.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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We can say a cell has an origin, has evolved, has changed and undergone several processes, but we can hardly say it has a "cause." On the one hand, because the argument would have a theological flavor we want to avoid (recall Thomas Aquinas' arguments for the existence of God based on the "uncaused causator"); on the other, because the implications of the notion of "causation" go way beyond the scope of biology: causation can entail volition or not, but the possibility is always there.