Free Will: Determinism vs. Relativism

I suggest the Deterministic Model includes Classic Physics/Newtonian Physics —-> physics of the macro. Determinism is a view that says everything, including what humans do is deterministic. That makes events inevitable because of predictable cause-and-effect conditions. Absolute determinism concerns predestination;  i. e. events are predetermined and preordained. According to this model, it is physical laws (emerging from natural laws) that determines everything. To be a fatalist is about determinism, because fatalism is subjugation to fate. If true, the Deterministic Model limits our freedom and free will, and we become victims of natural inheritance and biology. We already have Sigmund Freud saying we are captives of our childhood, and Alfred Binet suggests we are immured to our IQ.  Nicholas Fearn says, “the philosophical theory known as “determinism” according to which no event – not even human action – are outside the jurisdiction of the immutable laws of nature.  Physiological laws operate upon your body and nervous system  and  govern your interaction with  the environment and  other individuals.  What we think of as ‘choices’  are in fact the only possible outcomes in  the  circumstance.”  (2005)

I maintain the Relativistic Model includes Quantum Physics/Einsteinian Physics —-> physics of the micro. Relativism is a view that the Cosmos is not absolute;  randomness exists. This view says there is uncertainty in the Cosmos. This model is partially from the conclusion of Einstein’s Relativity Theory, and from advances made in understanding the probability of quantum physics. At the micro atomic level of physicality events are not as predictable;  i.  e. events can only be predicted in a probabilistic manner. With the knowledge that there are relativistic and probabilistic occurrences for physical events and happenings, is it possible that the Relativistic Model can be applied to human events, happenings, and behavior? This model raises a lot of questions. Are there no absolute laws? Does relativism make for everything being an endless flux? Does this endless flux make morality an illusion? Is everything speculative and open to interpretation? Is everything dialectical and relative? Are values “a subjective relativistic term; any group, individual, or society may choose to value whatever they like.” (West, 2007) Relativism has created major problems for legal systems, theology, and even our free will decisions and behaviors.  Francis Collins stated, “the Heisenberg uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics, the realization that it is possible to measure either  the position or  momentum of a particle,  but not  both at once created a  particularly disruptive consequences for both science and theology.”   (2006)

What model would you gravitate towards?  In a post to come, I will state where I stand on determinism vs. relativism.

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