And this has consequences, given that you are constituted from molecules, as theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder writes.
"All known fundamental laws of nature are either deterministic or random. To our best present knowledge, the universe evolves in a mixture of both, but just exactly how that mixture looks like will not be relevant in the following.Read the full piece here.
Having said that, I need to explain just exactly what I mean by the absence of free will:
a) If your future decisions are determined by the past, you do not have free will.
b) If your future decisions are random, meaning nothing can influence them, you do not have free will.
c) If your decisions are any mixture of a) and b) you do not have free will either."
Evolution has similar implications. Somewhere in "The Selfish Gene" Richard Dawkins wrote that once evolution had been discovered, all previous discussions of philosophy, sociology, psychology and morality pertaining to the human condition were rendered obsolete. E. O. Wilson made similar remarks in his impressive book "Sociobiology".
The impact of these insights on contemporary culture has been largely zero.