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  1. "Any natural phenomenon, i.e., any event which occurs without human participation, is the metaphysically given, and could not have occurred differently or failed to occur; any phenomenon involving human action is the man-made, and could have been different." Lexicon Rand made a distinction between "metaphysically givens" and "man-made" facts. For example, a wilderness would be a metaphysically given fact of reality whereas a farm wouldn't be. Man-made facts occur as a consequence of the exercise and application of human volition. It is the law of causality which determines what is man-made and what is metaphysically given. "The source of property rights is the law of causality. All property and all forms of wealth are produced by man’s mind and labor." Ayn Rand The source of property rights is the law of causality, given the above criteria property rights can only apply to man-made facts. Discuss.