Well-written…looking forward to more!
My previous posts have focused on the evidence for a rational agent inherent in the laws of physics. There has been an implicit assumption that the laws of physics are rigorously deterministic. But clearly life is not deterministic, so it was necessary for me to point to some possible feature of the laws of physics that allowed for the wild variation and unpredictability of life. I will summarize my thought process as follows:
- The universe is ordered by deterministic laws and forces such as the force of gravity and electromagnetism. There are also non-deterministic laws such as quantum theory. One of the laws that combine both features is the law of increasing entropy. Entropy always increases throughout the universe, but it is allowed to decrease locally. Since quantum theory ultimately controls all interactions in the universe, all forces are non-deterministic at the quantum level. (The only possible exception is gravitation…
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