Our Free Will
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Our Free Will
We ought then regard the present state of the universe as the effect of
its previous state and the cause of the one which is to follow. An intelligence
knowing at a given instant of time all the forces operating in nature, as well
as the position at that instant of all things of which the universe consists,
would be able to comprehend the motions of the largest bodies in the universe
and those of the smallest atoms in a single formula - provided that it was
sufficiently powerful to submit all these data analysis. To it nothing would
be uncertain and the future would be present to its eyes as much as the past.
This passage comes from P.S. de Laplace's “Philosophical Essay on
Probabilities.” If such determinism is true, then everyone's every thought and
action must be inevitable; that no one really has any choice about anything,
because we are all helpless products of blind forces which have made us what we
are. In this paper concernin...
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