On 3/9/2013 4:10 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:

On Saturday, March 9, 2013 7:00:17 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote:

    On 3/9/2013 2:36 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
    "Determinism is the philosophical idea that every event or state of affairs,
    including every human decision and action, is the inevitable and necessary
consequence of antecedent states of affairs. " -

    Including hearing the shout "Stop!"  Note that it doesn't say "antecedent 
state of
    brain ten seconds earlier".

In a deterministic universe, why would the event of someone shouting at a thief have more of an effect than someone shouting at a rock?

Because the deterministic mechanisms of the thief are more sensitive to outside effects - like shouted words.


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