Determinism Assignment

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I will in this essay discuss the theory of determinism. The principle states that all physical events are determined by en unbroken chain of prior events. Therefore the principle also states that free will is an illusion, since the outcome of all future events already has been determined, hence the name; determinism.This theory is also closely linked to the billiard ball hypothesis that claims that since the rules of nature already have been established it is in theory possible to predict the time and place of every event that will ever occur, relaying of course that you posses complete knowledge of all physical matter and the laws that govern that matter.However many paradoxes ...view middle of the document...

The decision to drop the coin was merely an opposition to the prior event of the computer telling you what to do. Therefore the doctrine of determinism still stands strong.The main problem when trying to prove the principle of determinism correct or incorrect is the various interpretations of a "free will", according to the sceptics dictionary it's the result of choices made by an act of will by the agent. There is however no general definition which allows for more freedom in the debate determinism vs. free will. Another problem is that we lack sufficient knowledge to prove the theory right or wrong. For example in order for the theory to be correct the lifespan of the universe has to be endless, because if it wasn't it would have to have been started by an event not influenced by any prior event. (And although most scientists believe in the Big bang theory it has not yet been proven correct). Also quantum scientists have detected particles in the most remote regions of space that do act independently of each other, or at least so they think, the observation is very recent and might very well be proven incorrect in the near future.Another problem with determinism is that it eliminates the concept of morality, since moral...


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