Open Problem in S.R. Pre-Determinism: Unresolvable Question

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In summary, there is a debate surrounding the framework of SR and whether it implies strict determinism or not. This issue has been ongoing since Newton's time and remains unresolved due to the nature of the question being philosophical rather than scientific. Therefore, the open and unresolvable question that both sides revolve around is whether or not the framework of SR implies strict determinism or not.
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There are two sides to this argument, some believe that the framework of SR (excluding GR) implies strict, absolute pre-determinism (i.e. fate). Some believe otherwise.

This issue appears to be unresolvable.

As such, what is the open, unresolvable question that both sides of the debate revolve around?
 
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There are two sides to this argument, some believe that the framework of SR (excluding GR) implies strict, absolute pre-determinism (i.e. fate). Some believe otherwise.

This issue appears to be unresolvable.

As such, what is the open, unresolvable question that both sides of the debate revolve around?
This isn't just a relativity question - the debate started fairly shortly after Newton formulated the theory that became fully deterministic classical mechanics. It wasn't settled then for the same reason that it's still unsettled: No conceivable experiment can, even in principle, settle it.

Thus, it's a matter of philosophy not science, and as such is out of scope for Physics Forums. There's nothing wrong with the question - it just doesn't belong here so this thread is closed.
 
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1. What is an open problem in S.R. pre-determinism?

An open problem in S.R. pre-determinism refers to a question or issue within the context of Special Relativity that has yet to be definitively answered or resolved. It is a problem that has not yet been proven or disproven, and remains a subject of debate and research among scientists.

2. Why is the question of pre-determinism in S.R. considered unresolvable?

The question of pre-determinism in S.R. is considered unresolvable because it falls outside the scope of scientific inquiry. Special Relativity deals with the relationship between space and time, and pre-determinism involves the concept of fate and free will, which are philosophical and metaphysical concepts that cannot be tested or proven using scientific methods.

3. How does pre-determinism relate to the theory of relativity?

Pre-determinism and the theory of relativity are related in that they both deal with the concept of determinism, or the idea that events are predetermined and cannot be changed. However, pre-determinism goes beyond the scope of the theory of relativity and delves into the realm of philosophy and metaphysics.

4. Are there any proposed solutions to the problem of pre-determinism in S.R.?

There have been various proposed solutions to the problem of pre-determinism in S.R., but none have been universally accepted or proven. Some scientists suggest that the concept of free will could be incorporated into the theory of relativity, while others argue that determinism and free will are simply incompatible and cannot be reconciled.

5. How does the question of pre-determinism impact our understanding of the universe?

The question of pre-determinism in S.R. has significant implications for our understanding of the universe and our place within it. If pre-determinism is true, it would mean that all events, including human actions, are predetermined and we have no true control over our lives. This challenges our understanding of free will and raises existential questions about the nature of reality.

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