Peter Jones writes: > Physical determinism is the idea that the > future is genrated form the persent by rigid physical > laws. As opposed to the idea that the future is fixed > becasue it is already "there", like the end of a movie > which is already in the can , and need not bear any logical > relation to what has gone before (especially > if it is a david Lynch movie).
I don't see how you can distinguish between a movie + projector system and any other deterministic physical system. If I turn the projector on with the film in place, the ending of the movie is neither more nor less fixed than the final arrangement of billiard balls if I hit one of them with the cue. If I had hit the first ball a little differently, or the air currents in the room had been a little different, then the final arrangement of balls would have been different, but then if the chemicals in the film had undergone some unexpected reaction, or the motor of the projector started to behave differenltly, then the film on the screen would also have been different: film <-> initial conditions projector <-> physical laws movie on screen <-> future physical state Stathis Papaioannou _________________________________________________________________ Be one of the first to try Windows Live Mail. http://ideas.live.com/programpage.aspx?versionId=5d21c51a-b161-4314-9b0e-4911fb2b2e6d --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---