Scientific determinists make the most outrageous claims to certainty. Take the article No, You Don’t Have Free Will, and This is Why. This article is a critique of scientist Roy F. Baumeister’s argument for free will. In the refutation, the following is stated as fact:
Life is completely explained by the “facts about carbon atoms”, “gravity and electromagnetic charges” (and the other fundamental forces).
Is it really? Are you certain this isn’t, like thousands of similar claims that have come before it, false, or only a partial truth? Here are some possibilities:
- There are things completely outside the natural universe that we don’t yet understand. Today, we call these supernatural. Before relativity, time dilation would have been considered such.
- There are facts or fundamental forces that we don’t yet know about. In other words, completely natural things that have yet to be discovered. We continue to learn new things about the natural world, including some fairly odd effects like quantum tunneling, where a particle disappears on one side of a solid barrier and instantaneously appears on the other side.
The hubris of stating as fact that we understand everything about atoms, fundamental forces, and all emergent properties caused by them, is staggering.