posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 11:01 AM
reply to post by Ralphy
I have often had this thought, thank you for bringing it up and letting me give you my opinion and thoughts on this.
Suppose you assume that everything in the universe is composed of particulate matter, that each particle as an element has and has had its own
perpetual trajectory since the universe was "created". Now each of these elements will have influence on every other element in varying degrees.
Thus the initial creation moment was the first and last outside influencing factor that would determine the starting path of these elements, after
that it is up to the laws of physics to decide how these particles arrange, coagulate into matter, form galaxies solar systems, stars etc, and finally
arrange down, fractal style into the lives that we live everyday.
So assuming this is true, and that infinite computing power is freely available, using Finite Element Modelling software on this infinitely powerful
computer would allow you to determine the exact course of the universe's future and imply that there is no such thing as freedom of choice, that the
path of the universe and hence our lives are all simply the product of the interaction of particles, a product that can be measured.
However, the existence of this machine and the measurements that will need to be made as input, would change the very course it was trying to measure
in the first place...
I guess life is more complex than I first imagined.