Alot of people don't seem to understand that 'no free will' is not actually that much of a biggy. As long as you don't know the outcome, you will always have 'choice' in your decision. You're not forced to make these decisions, it's simply that you were always going to make them. Hence my sig. /ttiforum/images/graemlins/smile.gif
As for the Matrix, I like the arguement of Smith in Revolutions - why bake the cookies and put them on the table if the Oracle knew he would crash them across the room?
Oh, well that one is easy enough, at least in my opinion. Because even if you can't ever eat them, the smell of freshly baked cookies in the kitchen is reward enough in itself. It tickles the neurotransmitters of the mind in an oh so delightful way! /ttiforum/images/graemlins/yum.gif
PS - Now I probably have to bake some chocolate chip cookies this weekend!
The answer is yes and no. It all depends on your personal beliefs (for this example anyway).
If you believe in fate, then yes, he would have broken it anyway. To explain this answer will require a little more in depth explaination of fate.
Fate (explained pseudo-scientifically) is a series of chemical reactions. And they all started millions of years ago. Every chemical reaction leads to another and to another and to another. So what you do today is just a reaction a little farther down the line. You are going to do it no matter what.
I won't claim to know what you believe in if the answer is no. If the oracle had said nothing to him, then he wouldn't have moved, and therefore wouldn't have broken the vase.
But she DID say something. She saw it happen before it did. So the real question here is why did she say anything?
Neo broke the vase because the director wanted the vase broken we has doing what he was told.
Or did the director tell the oracle to say don't worry about the vase?
Or did a time traveler make a suggestion to the director 11 month before he made the movie?
Is the time i made the last post mean I'm in tune with the universe who else can do this as well?? 02/15/04 11:44 PM (220.127.116.11)
Or am i just a silly fool chasing my own behind?
And what does my questions have to do with the first question?
I believe whether the vase would have been broken or not can be answered by a complicated probablility equation, which of course takes into account the variables of 1. everything the oracle has every done in her life and 2. diddo for neo.
Doing the calculations on my vast array of quantum computers, I find that the vase probably would have broken either way.