Terrey West Posted over 2 years ago Do the laws of physics necessitate determinism? > the former is tricky. because considering the second point, this only matters if this view is false Not necessarily. When one looks at all of history as a chain of causality with a finite beginning, one can know the outcome only if he knows the rules of the system. Much like a single shot in billiards, one only needs to know the velocity vector and the origin to predict the outcome of the single shot. In this way, we can see an effect becoming a cause for a subsequent effect. With or without free will, this view being adopted by the majority of the populace will become a cause instead of merely being an effect. One can't know, for certainty, but I would be interested in speculative interpretation, after all, it is an incredibly speculative question.