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Determinism

Out of interest, I decided to partake in a Lincoln-Douglas debate and received the affirmative stance for the resolution provided below. If you were able to choose a side, which would it be and what would your contentions be? 1,865 more words

Determinism

Open Past

Suppose that Aristotle was right, and the future is open. What would things be like in detail?

There are many ways things could go, so for concreteness let’s assume that (in some local area) there are approximately 100 possibilities for the next second, and approximately 100 x 100, or 10,000 possibilities for the next two seconds. 705 more words

Pursuit of the Indeterminate

I’m pretty sure you remember your excitement when you realised that you shall attend the school that day only for a few hours. Of course if you were not a nerd, that is. 850 more words

Writings Eighteen

Schrödinger's Cat

Erwin Schrödinger describes the context for his thought experiment with a cat:

The other alternative consists of granting reality only to the momentarily sharp determining parts – or in more general terms to each variable a sort of realization just corresponding to the quantum mechanical statistics of this variable at the relevant moment.

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Open Future

Let’s return for a moment to the question at the end of this post. I asked, “What happens if the future is indeterminate? Would not the eternalist position… 754 more words

Don’t Let Them Fool You: Mystery vs Paradox vs Contradiction

The staggering degree to which these terms are conflated, either out of ignorance or a desire to manipulate, is shocking.  As I have mentioned many times on this blog, I was a reformed orthodox Christian for about 35 years, including 15 in the “soft” cult of Sovereign Grace Ministires.   1,857 more words

Metaphysics