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I believe that events are fixed in advance so that humans are powerless to change them, and that individuals don’t control their own destinies. Whether you call it “God’s plan” or “the will of God” -- or call it determinism and involve factors beyond human control including natural laws, genetic endowment, the (predictable) response to environmental stimuli, etc. -- like you I believe that our life’s course is fixed as part of the larger scheme of things.  I believe that humans have the power to freely choose between alternatives, exercise rational control over their actions, and generally shape their destinies. (Note: Appreciation of quantum mechanics and chaos theory has led many scientists away from the notion that events always unfold in rigidly determined, predictable ways, as they once held.)

WV Theme #11A: Fatalism

WV Theme #11B: Free Will 

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

believes in the Will of God appreciates factors limiting predictability
accepts Predestination  recognizes free agents have moral responsibility
appreciates Causal Determinism ==> predictions appreciates probability
appreciates that Free Will is Logically Impossible believe my actions originate with and are up to me / Self Determination 

summary Wikipedia article: Fatalism

summary Wikipedia article: Free Will 

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1121 Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2111
Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 18 Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 4

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #11A:  Fatalism  

Destiny (from online encyclopedia)
Causality (from online encyclopedia)
Prediction (from online encyclopedia)
Fatalism (from online philosophy encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #14, posted 12/16/2010: Science and Theology: "The Humble Approach" 
The Implications of Fatalism, by Alex Scott
Determinism vs. Fatalism, by Bob Miller
Determinism is Not Fatalism, by Alan White (essay from Univ. of Wisconson Philosophy professor)
Fatalism and Hinduism
The Persistence of Poverty (connects poverty and fatalistic beliefs)
Fatalism vs. Self Determination in Mideast Tradition
Compatibilist--Fatalist, by Paul Russell (article by U. of British Columbia professor)
Reformed Doctrine of Predestination That is Fatalism (Christian perspective)
The Book of Souls by Glenn Cooper (link to reviews of 2010 novel built around predestination theme)

"God and The Way That Is" by Eric H  (submitted to Project Worldview  December 5, 2010)

quotes related to fatalism

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #11B: Free Will

Free Will (from online philosophy encyclopedia)
Personalism  (from online encyclopedia)
Scientific Determinism (from online encyclopedia)
Free Will and Determinism, by Paul Newall  (an introduction for "beginners")
Free Will Article Summaries (detailed summaries of important papers posted on Quantum Mind website)
A Case for Free Will and Determinism, by Ben Best
The Nature of Free Will
Free Will, by Robert Kane (read portions of this 2001 book at Google Books)
Sentience, Free Will, and Self Determination, by Vincent Bridges
Nudge, by R. Thaler & C. Sunstein (book with  insight into what influences people when they are faced with a decision.)
De La Mettrie's Ghost, by Chris Nunn (review of book about decision-making and the nature of free will)
"Is Realism Compatible with Randomness?" (physicist's examination of this posted on  arxiv.org  Dec 2010)
"The Free-Will Postulate in Quantum Mechanics," by Gerard t'Hooft (a Physics Nobel Laureate's perspective)
Does Free Will Arise Freely? (article from Scientific American Mind)
Connected by N. Christakis and J. Fowler (2009 book about how social networks shape behavior)
"The War on Reason" by Paul Bloom (article on "the war against free will" from The Atlantic March 2014)
"Is "Nonreductive Physicalism" An Oxymoron?" by Nancey Murphy (paper: downward causation ==>neurobiology)
"Free Will and the Brain: Self Interest" (article in Dec 17 2011 The Economist)
"Why Genes Aren't Destiny," by John Cloud (article in Jan 18 2010 Time magazine)
"Bring in the Noise" by Melinda Wenner (article in July, 2008 Scientific American about biochemical randomness)
Defending Free Will--A Fruit Fly Makes Choices (2007 news item)
The Flaw of Fatalism, by Thomas W. Clark (1998 essay)
Compatibilism (Soft Determinism) and W.T. Stace (includes Stace's contribution to Religion and the Modern Mind)
Determinism and Moral Responsibility
Christian Forums-Free Will vs. Determinism
Religion and the Scientific Method, by George N. Scheslinger (read portions of this book at Google Books)
The Determinism and Freedom Philosophy Website (includes links to many papers on this topic)
The Dogmatic Determinism of Daniel Dennett (includes review of Dennett's 2006 book Freedom Evolves)
Free Will, by Miroslav Backonja (ch .13 in book 20 Greatest Unsolved Problems, ed. J. Vacca,)  
Desiring God's Will by D. Benner (explores the transformation of the will in Christian spirituality)
quotes on free will from Samuel Johnson

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