Chaos, Computational Irreducibility, and the Meaning of Life

Manuel Brenner
9 min readSep 24, 2020

It’s scary how much people believe in science.
Stephen Wolfram

Immanuel Kant, perhaps the most important philosopher of modernity, hated determinism. How could man retain what made him most humane in the face of the unfolding clockwork of the universe? (Wo)man, after all, is (wo)man only because she chooses, and choosing what is right allows her to act morally, allows her to realize her innermost humaneness.

If it were possible to know the position and velocity of every particle in the universe, then…