Pre-determinism asserts that we are all controlled by the laws of nature.
What are these laws of nature? They are the laws of science.
‘Just as an apple falling from a tree was pre-determined to fall onto the ground, we are also pre-determined.’
BUT, this completely ignores the fact that we are human. We are different. We can think about thinking. We have a conscience and are conscious. And I think that’s what sets us apart.
Just the other day, I was having a conversation with a friend who studies philosophy (by the way, I am really no philosopher. I don’t read books or anything about philosophy, but I’m just trying to use my common sense).
She believed that we were pre-determined.
But I replied: ‘By asserting that we are pre-determined, we are standing outside of pre-determinism to assert that that statement is absolute truth. We are rising above our controlled, wired and determined mindset.’
Then again, there is the possibility that we could be pre-determined to think we are pre-determined.
But how can that be? If some people believe they have free will, and some people believe that they are pre-determined, then how are the laws of science consistent in the way they pre-determined humans? Surely, there is uniformity in the laws of science. If an apple that is falling will always drop; then surely, all humans should unanimously believe we are either pre-determined, or have free will.
There is an inconsistency, and to me, it can only mean one thing – opinion, which is, free will.
Also, I do not believe that the laws of nature control our thoughts. Science determines physical happenings, and yes even to the smallest reactions between atoms. However, science cannot control the way we think – the intangible thoughts and feelings. Even DNA does not determine what we like or don’t like; it can determine how we look like, but not how we are like.
And if we refer not the law of physical science, perhaps we can refer to another kind of scientific law? Yet, does that not mean that there is law could possibly be one of a ethereal or supernatural nature? Could this not imply that behind all these weird and funny laws of science or whatnots, there is a Higher Being who fashioned this immaterial aspect of science?
What we are like comes from our human environment, and even then, sometimes we do not necessarily conform to society. Surely, there is not controlled by the laws of science.
Science is split into natural sciences (biology, physics and chemistry) and pseudo-sciences (psychology, economics etc). And why are they pseudo-sciences? Because they do not quantifiably measure certain factors, it is all based on interpretation, conformation bias, observation and hypotheses.
So, no, I do not believe the laws of nature pre-determined the actions of humanity.
Moreover, I do not think that the laws of science can limit the imagination of a human mind. We create artwork that transcends across history. We create beauty that we can actually stop and marvel at. How does objective science pre-determined patterns and imagines that ignite the soul?
I do not understand this part of philosophy. What is the point of even discussing free will versus pre-determinism? If we all accept pre-determinism, then why are we all still carrying on with our lives? Besides, if we all decide tomorrow that we are all determined and that we might as well just laze around, then let’s just do that! Because we were all pre-determined to do that in the first place.
“I have noticed that even those who assert that everything is predestined and that we can change nothing about it still look both ways before they cross the street” ~ Stephen Hawking
Do we want to live life without caring? ‘I won’t look when crossing the road, because if I get hit by a car, I was determined to die this way, so let it be.’
Pre-determinism essentially removes purpose. Yet, we are know inherently that we were made for something. We are yearning and looking for something. There’s something more to be discovered. Pre-determinism does not fit in with our own human compass.
Then again, whether pre-determinism and free will can exist together and overlap, is another story. What I’m trying to say here is that, I don’t believe there is absolute pre-determinism.