Determinism


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Determinism

Fully ordained in advance. A deterministic chaos system is one that gives random looking results, even though the results are generated from a system of equations.

Determinism

In economics, the theory that occurrences are caused directly by other occurrences, and that economic agency by individuals plays little or no role. For example, a company's success occurs because social and economic pressures cause its products to be demanded, and not because of any marketing strategy its management devises. Determinism is associated with Karl Marx, who believed in the importance of historical analysis in explaining economic phenomena. However, some Marxist analysts have rejected that Marx taught economic determinism.
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Early-period scholarship mostly shares a neutral, middle-path position between "rigid" (hard) determinism and "chaotic" (libertarian) indeterminism that I call "wiggly-determinism" and which I have argued is unsuccessful.
Harris's most basic reason for accepting determinism and the mechanist/reductionist model, is his assumption that causality requires it.
One reason that critics of Eisenstein's The Printing Press as an Agent of Change have accused it of technological determinism, as evidenced in this volume, is that a number of its proponents seem to use the language of determinism without concern, reflecting back on Eisenstein--who has tried to distance herself from theorists like Marshall McLuhan and Walter Ong--in a way that we might assume she would have resisted.
Even a version of determinism that relies on a complex conception of causation may alarm some.
This shift away from biological determinism was significant, but Barkan too readily equates environmentalism and cultural relativism with a defence of racial equality.
The New York Times Book Review said that despite the book's scholarly pose, "what animates it is preconception rather than investigation, cultural determinism rather than cultural inquiry.
The tolerance that Americans demonstrate for poverty is related to biological determinism.
The Brad Direct-Link Ethernet Switches meet the three main design challenges posed by industrial Ethernet applications - determinism, robustness and ease of integration.
Determinism is bound to remain one of the more intriguing problems in philosophy as well as science.
His main argument is logical in nature: he claims that determinism is self-undermining, because "when determinists want to include everything in the universe, it must include the doctrine of determinism as well.
The problem with this view, however, is that it makes light the Buddhist acceptance of things nonphysical: the inconsistency is with the physicalism implicit in the standard interpretation of determinism, not with determinism per se, for insofar as Buddhism avers that dependent origination applies to all conditioned phenomena and that some conditioned phenomena are nonphysical, it leaves open the possibility that causality applies to the nonphysical.
A Steward's central claim is that the exercise of agency in acting is incompatible with determinism.