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#determinism

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Historical determinism is a recipe for political quietism.


Terry Eagleton


#apathy #apolitical #determinism #historical-determinism #history

There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice.


Ulysses S. Grant


#determinism #freedom #will #freedom

It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset.


Arthur Eddington


#because #deals #determinism #impossible #into

In one sense I feel that my book is a one-woman argument against determinism.


Susan Griffin


#argument #book #determinism #feel #i

Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.


Georg C. Lichtenberg


#creation #determinism #evidence #free #free will

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.


Jawaharlal Nehru


#dealt #determinism #free #free will #game

The world changed from having the determinism of a clock to having the contingency of a pinball machine.


Heinz R. Pagels


#clock #contingency #determinism #having #machine

For anyone inclined to caricature environmental history as 'environmental determinism,' the contrasting histories of the Dominican Republic and Haiti provide a useful antidote. Yes, environmental problems do constrain human societies, but the societies' responses also make a difference.


Jared Diamond


#environment #environmental-determinism #history #societies #environmentalism

The idea of determinism combined with complete human responsibility struck me as very hard to reconcile with an idea of justice, let alone mercy.


Ken MacLeod


#combined #complete #determinism #hard #human

You can’t change the past. You can’t even change the future, in the sense that you can only change the present one moment at a time, stubbornly, until the future unwinds itself into the stories of our lives.


Larry Wall


#change #determinism #fatalism #free-will #change






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