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Thoughts on cosmic determinism? I mean, the idea that if the universe begins with a set of initial conditions, then if we were to somehow start a second universe with the same initial conditions, then everything can only happen in the exact same way, even down to you reading this topic.
So, do we have some kind of free will, or is everything pre-determined according to how our universe began? Are there other alternatives, and what are the possible explanations for them?
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Why are these things such a big deal?
It's just a bunch of people with vague ideas about the future talking to naive yuppies?
Sure, occasionally you might get an actual expert talking about something they did in their field, but even then the format of the talks means the presentation is pretty shallow. They aren't educational, or groundbreaking, or challenging, it's just some guy on a stage telling a bunch of silicon valley middlebrows what they want to hear.