FOR EVERY STEP, the footprint was already there.” This sentence from Roberto Calasso’s novel The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony could well be a statement about the spirit of determinism. Determinism satisfies our longing for cosmic order and predictability. It is in this sense that determinism probably still underlies the mindset of many if not most scientists. But if we take a hard look at what determinism offers, we’re immediately faced with a profound question. Why would the universe take any steps to begin with if determinism really was true and reality thus ultimately nothing but an immutable and static lump? In other words, what’s the deeper significance—assuming any is needed, of course—of anything happening at all, beyond the initial bang! that one and for all hard-coded every future event?
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