What is all this talk about Electrons? Why are we still talking about them? A rock in the air? What the hell?
Do I need to say this more slowly? I'm not talking about electrons, I might not even be talking about the way the universe is.
Ok, you know what? Lemme try something else...I'll be more specific. Let's assume for a second that string theory is correct, and everything (energy, gravity, matter, and everything in between) is made out of these strings. I KNOW that there's no reason to believe this is true, but the entire thread has been hypothetical anyway, though most of you seem to have missed that point despite the multiple times I mentioned it. Now, if everything is made out of Strings, is there a law by which these strings interact? If there is a law or set of laws that the Strings must follow? If there is, and there is nothing 'random' about it, then the movements that they would make would be DETERMINED by the LAW. Again, HYPOTHETICAL.
You can say all you want that electrons are randomly placed just because we can't detect their exact positions. However, I'm looking beyond what we think we know now. Perhaps they're not randomly placed, but are guided by a set of laws we simply don't understand yet.
And this has just been bugging me, your rock analogy.
First of all the statement is incorrect. If you pause the universe for a moment and you might see a stone in the air, you can't know whether it's just thrown up or already falling down. You also need to know it's speed.
You also need to know all derivatives (which is impossible), but let's suppose you even know that. It still isn't true.
First off, you need to know its momentum, not its speed. Secondly, if there's air then you can also measure the air currents around the stone. Thirdly, and this highlights the problem I've had a bunch of times with people in this thread, you're talking about a rock, and I'm talking about the particles that make up the very fabric of the universe. I think we're on completely different levels of discussion here.