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Is the world governed by chaos, chance, and probability/possibility?

  • Man wants to believe there is order because he's so scared of uncertainty.

    The world is just is. The human mind created the illusion of order to give itself a sense of security. Is the bubonic plague part of the order? Is cholera? The Inquisition? The genocides? Is there a plan who gets cancer? Who gets shot in a drive by shooting? Which plane crashes? The world is how it is and how it will be. My dog understood it. Because she was always in the present.

  • No one being could control all the variables.

    Life is so utterly complex from the micro to the macro levels and every minute piece of existence has a bearing - however tenuous - on every other piece that no being could control every particle with absolute certainty. Humans have taken on the task of reducing our sense of chaos by creating abstract rules designed to introduce predictability and improved our manipulations of our environment. When we think we have it figured out we find, often to our great detriment that we have not understood the complexity with sufficient nuance and detail. Judging by the world around us, if any god has figured it all out, he/she/it is clearly a sadist. We have small victories in creating some sort of order, but it is limited. My above statement notwithstanding, I like the expression, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." We can plan and create oases of order and predictability, but in the end it all brakes down. The only way to have predictable order is to have absolutely no energy or heat. Thus there would be no movement or change and no existence as we understand it to be.

  • The world is merely matter and motion.

    Despite what human beings may claim in their internal dialogues, all people, all life, and all physics are subject to impersonal forces that operate by conflict, consistently hurdling into each other as a test of power (see Nietzsche's Will to Power). Outside of consciously imposed order, there is no conformity to any system of rules. Any system of rules that is established (including religious deities) is merely a conscious reaction to a subconscious. More fundamental devolution of basic congruity. This is why, despite five thousand years of attempts to create a heaven-on-earth, civilized men have never succeeded in creating perfection. There is an underlying principle of chaos that governs the universe, but this principle is subject to change and reevaluation by conscious beings. Much like a Rorschach test, the universe may only be understood in its entirety by the simplification so given by the imposition of meaning. It should be noted that chaos is merely spoken of here as a breakdown of organization; rather, chaos is more akin to abstraction, the fragmentation of essence and existence as understood by the Ancient Greeks.

  • Aggregates behave differently

    Nano level manufacturing up to atomic level. Further down, particles are not stable. There are disintegrating forces working on aggregates and their associative forces. The more entities are aggregated the more predictive it becomes and risk tolerant as well. There is an equilibrium point where either one will prevail. Point is from where the associative energy will come in a closed system. Earth is an open system receiving energy from Sun. My feeling is there is invisible (dark) universe whose tendency is towards aggregation if left to itself. Opposite to visible universe's decay tendency. The kind of electron and hole concept in semiconductor's formidable energy gap.

  • The world is governed by the word of God

    "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God."There was nothing else. And there was a great chance for the mankind to appear. God spoke, and everything came into existence and God created the man. The man sinned and separated himself from God, but God made it possible for the man to come back to God through Jesus Christ the Son of God who gave himself for our sake. So it was sovereign God's plan to create the world and He is our Creator and He keeps things under control even now.

  • Not if we have anything to say about it

    Some people can simnply accept that the world id random and should be left to its own devices, but then where would we end up? We would be thrown into the choas itself if we let it get out of hand. But no, the world isn't controlled by madness, not if we don't let it.

    Posted by: O.Z
  • The universe proves it is not random

    To say that the world is governed by purely random principles is to say a simple falsehood. To acknowledge the existence of the universe is to acknowledge the existence of its laws, firstly. The laws of physics and logic govern every action in the universe, and have never been altered throughout all known history.

    To say that the world is GOVERNED by chaos is to deny the existence of these orderly laws.

    Secondly, the observed universe - and the Earth especially (I assume Earth is meant by 'world') - is filled to the brim by orderly, structured, and non-chaotic entities. The tendency of these elements, over time, is towards a higher state of entropy, but they are initially very much non-random, and non-chaotic.

    Therefore, it is self-evident that the universe is neither governed by chaos, nor does it contain much chaos, though the tendency of these things over time is chaos.

    Obviously, one must ask whether the cause of these orderly laws and these orderly elements was, itself, chaotic. First, is this any serious question whatsoever? At first glance, it is clearly more probable that the source of orderly laws is orderly than chaotic, and so the former should be accepted before the latter, unless there is really a good reason to do otherwise.

    To examine the question more deeply, however, suggests the presupposition of order. Since the questioner is asking a claim of truth, he is presupposing the governance of logic and reason, which are neither random nor chaotic.


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