I've said umpteen times before, don't get too hung up on the mechanics of it all. My contention is that with exactly the same initial conditions, the next moment will either always be the same (through determinism); will always be different (through randomness); or will be a combination thereof.The problem with saying not to get hung up on the mechanics is that you need the mechanics in order to do anything. A cellular automata without the mechanics and rules just sits there. I would argue that the mechanics are the most important part of the whole process.
And I disagree with your contention. You are ignoring uncertainty, which is not random, yet not deterministic, and certainly not some combination thereof. Run the two-slit experiment, and the results will change depending on whether the photons are being observed as they enter the slits or not. It isn't deterministic, because the result changes; it isn't random, because the result is consistent; what it is, is uncertain, because the exact place where any photon will hit is not predictable.
As Azd says, this is incorrect. If the results were uncertain, it would be the case that sometimes when we observed, we would get lines, and sometimes blobs. And when we DIDN'T observe, sometimes we would get lines, and sometimes blobs.
But the fact is, when we observe, we always
get slits (or blobs, I forget which!). And when we do NOT observe, we always get the other. Unless you can tell me different?
See, the act of observation is itself
one of the factors that influences the outcomes. I think we agree on that.
Or are you saying that if we observed the exact
same experiment in the exact
same way, we would get different results?
You don't seem to be grasping the point behind the thought experiment - I'm not sure if that is down to my explanation - possibly it is, because I've talked about "reloading". So I'll phrase it differently.
Imagine two parallel universes, which are entirely identical right down to the very very smallest detail - including, if you like, that we are observing both of them in exactly the same way, so as to eliminate uncertainty.
From moment A (when we start the experiment, when the two universes are identical), each will move to moment B......
Will moment B always be the same in both universes? If so, they are entirely deterministic.
Or will moment B be different in the two universes? If so, how can this be?
Is it through random fluctuations, be they purely random, or in some mein stochastic?
Or is it through the deliberate action of "free will"? In which case it needs to be exaplained how this free will is NOT random, or stochastic.