Saturday, August 28, 2010
Coincidence, Providence, or Scientific Determinism?
A popular fallacy about the world is that chaos is the natural state of the world.
But when one considers some of the basic scientific truths at play in the universe: the laws of physics, the laws of thermodynamics, as well as the ever-espanding bodies of psychological and sociological knowledge, it becomes clear that the natural state of the world is actually order.
But because the various forces at work in the universe are so numerous, it's an order that resembles chaos.
Science hasn't deciphered all the natural laws of the universe. By no means is it even close.
But it may be worth asking if, should one possess enough knowledge of the various forces at play within the universe -- both environmental factors and those related to human behaviour -- if one could in turn predict the future.
The problem is clearly that one could never possess enough such knowledge in one particular moment (one would need to know the inner thoughts of incomprehensible numbers of people). Nor could the human mind manage all of this data.
Prophecy may, in fact, be possible, if not even remotely probable.