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It's like a grand unification theory for philosophy!

Can free will and determinism operate simultaneously?

Some philosophers – "incompatibalists" – may argue that intermittent free will isn't possible...that events are bound to unfold based on previous events...or we have some choice in the matter. "Compatibalists" are convinced that there exists some measure of each.

Given that classical physics and quantum physics appear to coexist (though precisely how this is possible is currently the subject of extensive research), it seems plausible that free will and determinism may also be operating simultaneously.

According to quantum physics, the particles of which all matter in the universe is composed are ultimately made up of mostly empty space held together by as-yet not entirely explainable forces. The laws of classical physics that we use to explain the behavior of large objects do not apply on the quantum level.

How can large, apparently solid objects that behave according to relatively predictable laws be entirely composed of waves and particles that can appear in two places at once, have non-local relationships, and otherwise be composed of little that can be considered "solid"?

Perhaps the free will/determinism debate bears some relationship to the classical/quantum physics dilemma: somehow, two systems that seem incompatible according to ordinary logic are two sides of the same coin.

CHOOSE DETERMINISM is a sort of grand unification theory for philosophy. Maybe we can have a little of both. Maybe we have no choice…

Are You a DETERMINIST? YOU DECIDE!

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This project began in the early 1990's, with the first CHOOSE DETERMINISM poster and booklet covers printed at RISD's letterpress shop. The booklet is now freely availble as a hi-res PDF for printing on one side of a legal size (8.5" x 14") paper. Click the image above to download.

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