First; according to Paul Davies' book "The Fifth Miracle"; the "specific randomness" of DNA HAS NOT been explained; the alleged links of Alex bewteen math and biological life ARE SPECULATIONS such as to amount to a brand of religion!
There are yawning gaps in the info, Alex; you are speculating!
Second: determinism can be an illusion. An outsider may see a Chess game on a screen, figure out the rules, and think it is all deterministic! It isn't!
You can have choices between one determinism and another. The mathematical success of Everett's "many worlds" view; that the universe splits in two at every quantum micro-event; suggest that pure freedom is the building block below those layers Alex talks about.
John Cramer's interpretation of quantum mechanics shows that the universe is full of agreements at every quantum event! If you are not in on the deal; and go around second-guessing the future; of course you'll find what you are looking WITH: you want a predictable universe, you'll find one!
As you judge, so you are judged! Want a free universe? Yeah, it's free all right!
I said below to Aurino: I agree it's simple. Which must mean that the reason that the "theory of everything" (or should one say "theory of ANYTHING") eludes the physicists, is that it is too simple for them to see!
What could be the "beam" in the eye of physicists and mathematicians, that blinds them? Could it be that little symbol, the "equals" sign (=), that appears all over the place? Like a sun, it baths their landscape in light? or like a cloud; obscures the real sun?
To exist at all; requires NON-EQUIVALENCE. Because for A to be the same in every way as B; includes therefore same dimension, same place, same time, same this, same that, same name even...why...you'd have to just say "A" for that!
So the very existence of something requires non-equality; difference!
The parable of the workers in the vineyard sounds like a wake-up-call that Heaven's logic is that of accepting non-equality, celebrating difference; yet in that there is the only real equality: equally exist!
That doesn't mean you let the poor starve; just that they are not the same person as you are; everyone doesn't have to have to the last cent the same as Bill Gates surely?
Michiu Kaku said that physics simplifies in higher dimensions; well humans do too! Mysterious sounding events I recalled from newborn-baby age dramatically map into the logic of hyperspace theory. I think it's worth finding out the truth about life. I become more alive from knowing my past.
Start shaking hands WITH the universe, and be in on the deal of CREATING through agreement that very universe!