Thursday, June 26, 2008

Future Shock - II

Determinism claims then that gambling can be reduced to a science. In the same vein, it refutes the concept of karma, confuses the theory of evolution and throws in a solipsistic twist to reality as we perceive it. Without trivialising the philosophy, this gives us an idea of what ascribing to determinism might mean.

As a note to the point on evolution theory, Darwin's primary postulate was that living creatures, over generations adapt at a genetic level to their environment ( "As random genetic mutations occur within an organism's genetic code, the beneficial mutations are preserved because they aid survival -- a process known as natural selection").

Who's to say though that these mutations that caused our evolution from ape to man were random? What if the mutations are the result of our genes identifying the definite need to adapt and then doing the needful? In that case, while the theory of evolution remains whole, the idea of 'natural selection' of genetic mutations is refuted.

A final point on determinism - it says there's no such thing as free will. Everything we do is the result of something else. If we know those 'something-elses', i.e. those causal factors, we can predict what will happen, what the next person will do and what this week's winning numbers are at the 649.

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