Ok, looking into the past you may say this or that was the cause. But projecting ideas into the future, for instance, you can't know all the possible effects of your choices. Yet, people make decisions based on this imagined possibilities. So if you're making a choice, based on something that's not a reality yet, such as imagined possibilities, then you're not making it based on determined laws. Therefore, the ability to project alone, is freedom from determinism.
What I know has absolutely no effect on whether it's determined. Whether I know that an asteroid is (or is not) going to hit the Earth next year has absolutely no bearing on the fact that it deterministically will or won't.
Why not? If everything in the universe is determined, then there would be no such thing as mistakes, errors in thinking, it would simply be a delusion to think anyone is wrong about anything.
Re-stating your total non-sequiter does not make it any more reasonable. It's a deterministic
universe, not a "perfect" universe.
If you mean that under a deterministic system, human minds can't be considered to be right or wrong about anything, then that's garbage. A mind-state still applies to reality or doesn't, regardless of how it got there, by randomness or
determinism. (your third option, "choice", ends up being the same as "randomness" when you describe it)
heh. Maybe I could state it another way. Why would the universe "create itself", as so many atheists believe, to be completely deterministic, if those deterministic laws evolve beings with the capacity to question the validity of the universes own nature?
Your question still makes no sense. It assumes that the universe consciously decided to create itself and lay out everything that would happen within it. That's a really strange idea, and not one that the people you're talking to hold to. Nor do you even have a reason to believe that they do.
So why are you bringing it up?
Because the universe didn't "create itself" and is not completely deterministic.
No it didn't, and yes it is...except for randomness. That is absolutely the only alternative to determinism, after all.