As I work away in my illustration I think of stuff. And I jot down words and sentences that come into mind as I go. This one jumped in- Clockwork Universe. I thought it would make an interesting search. And there it was on Wiki. Apparently it was a theory by none other than the smartest man ever born Isaac Newton. Wow! I am in the big league now.
This from Wiki:
What sets this theory apart from others is the idea that God's only contribution to the universe was to set everything in motion, and from there the laws of science took hold and have governed every sequence of events since that time. This idea was very popular during the Enlightenment, when scientists realized that Newton's laws of motion, including the law of universal gravitation, could explain the behavior of the solar system.
A notable exclusion from this theory though is free will, since all things have already been set in motion and are just parts of a predictable machine. Newton feared that this notion of "everything is predetermined" would lead to atheism.
No wonder I feel so wound up!!!!