Re: virus: freely determined
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 00:25:02 -0600 (CST)

On Thu, 26 Dec 1996, Eva-Lise Carlstrom wrote:

> I believe in both free will and determinism.
> >From an omniscient perspective (God, or a time traveler, or whatever),
> everything is in a sense established 'already'. Time, taken as another
> dimension, makes no difference, just as space makes no difference.

I have no reason to believe that an "omniscient" perspective would give
such an effect.

Assume, for a moment, that a being X exists outside of this space-time
[universe], *and* can interact with it. [Observer-effect problems?]

[English is about to become terminally incompetent. "Meta-time" is a
woefully inadequate term!]

The universe, at any given meta-time, *must* exist in a self-consistent
"state". [One tangent leads off into the uncertainity principle, etc.]

However, X may have trouble predicting the effects of his own
interventions. X may want to shape a certain conclusion ["prophecy"
[sic]], but is limited by the laws of physics in the universe, etc.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd