Here is an amazing demonstration of univironmental determinism (The scientific philosophy that whatever happens to an xyz portion of the universe is determined by the infinite matter in motion within and without) (courtesy: Ikeguchi Laboratories):
Microcosms not in tune with their macrocosms invariably are forced to comply. It reminds me of the development of the “consensus” within regressive physics in favor of relativity and the Big Bang. The semi-isolated, suspended table is like the indeterministic society in which we all live. The only way a well-established paradigm can be defeated is by some significant macrocosmic input. In this case, the power of the indeterministic assumptions of society must decline before indeterminism in physics can be defeated. We live at a time when absurd beliefs are commonplace and well accepted. Those who believe in virgin birth, walking on water, and living after dying are unlikely to object to claims that the universe exploded out of nothing.
Fortunately, we live in an ever-changing universe. It remains to be seen how long the traditional assumptions can survive. As I have mentioned before, I believe that these will continue to suffer increasing stress during the next four decades (see figure below). As rates of global population growth continue to decline, rates of global economic expansion will also continue to decline. Adaptation to a steady state, sustainable economy will not occur without considerable strife and overall questioning of authority. It is true that people’s minds change slowly in the face of slow change, but is also true that minds change rapidly in the face of rapid change.
Borchardt, Glenn, 2007, The scientific worldview: Beyond Newton and Einstein: Lincoln, NE, iUniverse, p. 290.