Can we predict the future?

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I believe it’s possible to predict the future – although this type of prediction uses a completely different method from those employed by your local fortune teller or astrologer. I believe that your destiny is already determined, and that there is a knowable future which must happen. To understand how to predict the future, we must first understand why our destiny is already determined.

Why Your Destiny Is Already Determined:

Why is it that computers cannot generate a purely random sequence of number? The answer is the same as the reason why your destiny is already determined.

MIT computer science professor Steve Ward says “One thing that traditional computer systems aren’t good at is coin flipping, they’re deterministic, which means that if you ask the same question you’ll get the same answer every time. On a completely deterministic machine you can’t generate anything you could really call a random sequence of numbers, because the machine is following the same algorithm to generate them. Typically, that means it starts with a common ‘seed’ number and then follows a pattern. The results may be sufficiently complex to make the pattern difficult to identify, but because it is ruled by a carefully defined and consistently repeated algorithm, the numbers it produces are not truly random. They are what we call ‘pseudo-random’ numbers.”

The reason a computer (just by itself) cannot generate a truly random number is because it is is acting as an isolated system, and all isolated systems are deterministic. Generally a computer will use something outside of itself to generate a random number such as the current time. For example, random.org  is a random number service that generates randomness via atmospheric noise. It uses a system outside of itself to generate a random number.

To give you another example of a deterministic system, consider a system where two magnets are placed beside each other as seen below. There is nothing else in the system and the magnets are place close enough so that they attract and come together.

 

If we were to repeat this process, we would get the same outcome – assuming that we place the magnets exactly the same width apart, and in the same orientation. This is obvious. In this case we can guess the end state of the system simply by knowing its initial state.

The same applies to everything else. Consider placing a cell into a petri dish and watching it multiple. If we know its initial state (how many atoms the cell is composed of, where the cell is placed into the dish, and what the cell is using for food) we will be able to predict the end state of the system at any point in time. You would be able to calculate how many cells would be in the petri dish at any point in time.

If you are unconvinced with this logic, please take a course on thermodynamics and visit Wikipedia to learn why all isolated systems are deterministic

How does this apply to predicting my future?

Since we can predict the future of all isolated systems if we know everything about a system in some state, and the universe itself is an isolated system, it must be theoretically possible to predict the future of the universe.

For example:

Lets examine the present moment and the universe in its present state. If we were to know everything about every atom in the universe, we would know exactly where each atom currently is and the directions its going, and how fast its going. If we know this information we know where each atom will end up at some point in time because we know where each other atom will be at the direction they are going. Just as we predicted the magnets would attract each other, we would be able to predict the state of the universe at another time – which would be considerably more complex.

What are the implications of this?

In my opinion this is quite humbling and gives me a sense of peace. It means that nothing is really your fault because you cannot control what happens to you – its already determined. You were destined to read this article, and I was destined to write it.

This however does not mean that you should not strive or try to reach your goals in life. Quite the opposite. Although the future is already predetermined, it doesn’t mean that a good future for you will happen without you putting in the effort. You will still need to try and work hard at creating your vision of the future a reality.

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