Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Essay

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Opposing to determinism comes the idea of indeterminism, which is the complete opposite. Indeterminism is the idea that rejects both hard and regular determinism saying that not every event has its sufficient natural causes. This idea leaves room for free will that some actions are due to choices that living beings make. This would mean that people re responsible for their actions and are left to make their own thoughts and decisions. Physicist, Werner Heisenberg, created the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which refutes Pierre Simon La Place’s idea that if he knew the location and motion of every object in the universe, that he would be able to predict the location and motion of any object in the universe at any time in the future. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle proves that the location and the motion of a subatomic particle can not be know, either only the location is know or the motion, but not both. This started a chain reaction among other philosopher that hard determinism is false on physical grounds based of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. One philosopher who was among other philosophers who now supported indeterminism was British physicist Sir Arthur Eddington. Sir Arthur Eddington further advanced the idea that not every event is predictable. Scientifically it has been proven that subatomic …show more content…
Soft determinism was coined by philosopher William James. Soft determinist believe that human freedom and determinism are compatible positions. Soft determinist are also known as compatibilists who believe in combatilism. They feel that the determinism argument is true, but they refuse to give up on the idea of human freedom and responsibility. The problem soft determinists face is the idea that life and our actions can be both predetermined to an extent but also be factored by freewill and

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