Philip K Dick's Perception of Fate

Phillip Dick was intrigued by devices that allowed him to examine the mechanisms by which life unfolds. I think he voted for free will in the short run (the span of intelligent life on Earth, say), evolution for the middle distance (things develop according to underlying principles) and predestination in the long run (the universe will entropy and cease). A man and a woman whose eyes Meet Cute need only be concerned about the very short run.


Ebert suggests Dick saw us having free will in the short term, with the long term dictated by certain rules, and the extreme long term having a set fate.

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 The Adjustment Bureau
Reviews>Motion Picture Review:  Ebert, Roger (03/04/2011), The Adjustment Bureau, Chicago Sun Times, Retrieved on 2011-03-04
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