i wasn't talking about your thought experiment. i was making a general claim; that if someone knew all the variables of any situation (even some pissant many light years away, that might affect the outcome in the least bit), he/she/it would be able to predict the outcome absolutely.Hobbes' Choice wrote:No, you cannot control all of the variables and my thought experiment does not require it.
You cannot control all the variables for 2 reasons; 1 is that you cannot know what they are, and 2) Observation can affect the outcome.
Logic has nothing to do with the example, and I'm puzzled why you like using that word.
My example is designed such that the claim of the outcome is tiny compared with the possibility that the outcome could not be met.
If you don't like it then double the gaol size again, and reduce the distance it needs to be moved to score a goal to 1mm. You could even place the goal line in a circle around the ball so that the waft of a butterfly wing could move the ball over the line and a million stampeding cattle were sent to score.
i don't wanna upset you hobbes, so i won't mention that it's literally impossible to truly predict anything with absolute 100% certainty without knowing all the variables. no matter the example, saying it's 100% reliable is inaccurate. i might accept 99.9999999999%, but unless all the variables are accounted for, 100% is impossible.