Originally Posted by larryace
Yes, I realize that a "no" answer doesn't automatically mean that pre-destiny is subscribed to. I am also curious if the majority subscribes to pre-destiny or free will. So I guess I am also looking to see where people stand on the issue, as well as if it is felt that they are, or are not, mutually exclusive.
Like Milt Hathaway, I believe in free will, within a certain framework of universal rules or laws, which we don't understand and may never understand.
As far as your dream - anecdotal evidence about something you remember will never convince me of pre-destiny. Memory is a very slippery thing, and it has been proven that we can create memories or remember things incorrectly even when we think we remember them exactly. There are entire fields of study about memory, and what I've taken from it is that you just can't trust it in many cases. Combine that with the human mind's incredible ability to construct connections and meaning where none necessarily exist, and you'll perhaps understand why I'm a skeptic.
I don't rule anything out, really, but I believe what I believe until I see irrefutable evidence that changes my mind.