Quotation by Paul Davies

It is important to realize that determinism does not imply events occur in spite of our actions. Some events occur because we determine them. Determinism must not be confused with the doctrine of fatalism, which asserts that future events are entirely beyond our control. "It is all written in the stars," declares the fatalist. "What will be will be." The soldier who behaves recklessly on the battlefield in the face of a hail of bullets while thinking "if my number is on it, no precaution will avert death" is a fatalist. Some Oriental religions contain fatalist overtones, and many people are inclined to lapse into fatalism from time to time, especially as far as major world affairs are concerned.
Paul Davies (b. 1946), British physicist, author. "Free Will and Determinism," God and the New Physics, Simon & Schuster (1983).
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