this is absolutely stupid.. is the same as believing in God’s fate. and who cares about chain reactions my friend ? we are aware..we are consciousness.. we know every action that we are doing… we are influenced by emotions but we still aware of our decisions in the moment. if the scene is repeated you don’t know of we would choose the same thing.. because nothing is forcing us to choose. free will not only exist but is inevitable .. free will is more real than you think … we are molding the universe through our actions.. there is nothing forcing us.. there is an infinity possibilities and our consciousness allow for these possibilities.. ideas… etc… no chain reaction about that.
quantum mechanics uncertainty is one more proof…. so you are even more wrong.
-“rodrigo”, commenter on my post “Destiny is Meaningless“
Quantum mechanics is just another cause. it may be random, but its not free will. YOU are not quantum mechanics. You are a being affected by quantum mechanics, it is one more thing that causes you, that shapes you and forces you to be what you are. In living creatures, quantum mechanics is extremely insignificant, and can be largely discounted as having negligible effect compared to…. evolutionary drive, capability, environmental factors and stimuli etc.
To prove that something is uncaused is impossible, because the mechanisms of proof dictates the assumption of causation, thus assertions of the supernatural (which is what you are doing when you say “nothing is forcing us” when in reality we have the laws of physics that dictate our actions) are always baseless, because you cannot use causation to prove something is free of causation. (Although it is claimed for QM to be random, ignorance is much more likely and as with everything else once claimed to be uncaused/random, there’s probably a few determining factors we simply have yet to spot.)
You say scientific determinism is like “believing in god’s fate”, and that determinism is stupid because of it. That, you are mistaken. If there was truly an omniscient god, he would absolutely be able to predict the future 100% accurately. Fate would be real and incontrovertible. The reason fate is a load of hokey is because for centuries claims of higher predictive capability from various entities have all been fiction, not backed up by any actual god.
In reality, it is simply the fact that the more you know about a situation, the better you will be able to predict its outcome. That is why military strategists etc. exist, to observe the behavior and pattern of the enemy and try to predict their next move, if free will did exist, and people did do things for no cause, then there would be no such thing as military strategy. Computers can already out-chess top human players because of its predictive capability.
Scientific determinism doesn’t mean “if you are poor then you will always be poor”, because science understands that there is not clear causal link in many situations. However, factors will influence how things turn out and let us not forget that those who “break the mold” and “overcome their fate” ALWAYS have redeeming factors in their favor that allow them to do so.