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Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
A profound political question is suddenly on the table: Must the country continue to give precedence to private financial gain and market determinism over human lives and broad public values?
It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset.
The idea of determinism combined with complete human responsibility struck me as very hard to reconcile with an idea of justice, let alone mercy.
Many of us think in terms in parental determinism: 'If I push all the right buttons my kids are going to turn out OK.' I want to instill in myself and my people a wonderful dose, not of carelessness, but of God's sovereignty. He knows the hairs on your kids' heads.
The world changed from having the determinism of a clock to having the contingency of a pinball machine.
Heinz R. Pagels
To those of us who remained committed mainly to the exploration of moral distinctions and ambiguities, the feminist analysis may have seemed a particularly narrow and cracked determinism.
I don't believe in technological determinism, especially not in biology and medicine. We have strong laws to keep doctors from monkeying around with humans that will remain in place. It's simply not true that everything that is technologically possible gets done.
Too often we shape our public positions on the basis of our economic connections. That brings us dangerously close to economic determinism.
George W. Romney
In one sense I feel that my book is a one-woman argument against determinism.
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