The primacy of Reason has always grounded my cognition of Existence, which resulted in an Objectivist epistemological world-view, Existence exists, being exactly what it is, regardless of opinions to the contrary. If one is deaf, and blind, and is unable to perceive one is standing upon a railroad track, with a speeding locomotive swiftly approaching one's place upon it, one's lack of perception of Reality results in one's removal from it. The raid doesn't care if you are wet. The wind, if you are cold. Existence, if you cannot identify it.
In fact, the identification of Existence is the very basis of all consciousness and all knowledge, which must be kept in an exact contextual hierarchy to preserve its meaning. Therefore, Existence exists before any consciousness of Existence may ensue, any consciousness, itself, being part of, and determined by, Existence. Thus, Existence is completely Determined.
So, the concepts of "chance," "choice," "chaos," and "randomness," apply only to ignorance of the intellect, and the scope of these concepts shrink as the intellect expands its identification of Existence.
To claim the people, who built the Empire State Building, could have "chosen" NOT to do so...or...that ANY past event could have been in ANY WAY different from what it actually was...entails the notion Existence could be something it is not. Logic need not be Logical. Knowledge need not be possible. "A" need not be "A." An acorn could grow into an oak, or into an elephant. Fact is, what happens must happen exactly the way it does happen, as it cannot happen in any other way...no matter one's fantasies to the contrary.
Remembering the future does not happen in reverse, like the shattered egg rebuilding its shell. Future memory is experienced with the same flow of time one normally experiences in normal Reality...forward. It is as if one's intellect has malfunctioned from its normal mode, like a skipping record needle, or a glitch in a DVD, causing the "player" (intellect) to jump ahead on the "recording" (Existence) for a moment.
The event of having a future memory is not something which is controlled by the mind, but seems to be the result of an error in normal sensory experience...as if our intellect is riding the groove of normal time and is "bumped" out of it and into another for a short time. The experience is not a "feeling," but a very dramatic cognitive break in our flow of sensory experience...like watching a film suddenly skip ahead in the action...but, in this case what skips is your entire sensory experience. The experience of future memory is always very startling, unexpected, and virtually always terrifying...as the one experiencing it is taken by surprise and utterly lacks any understanding of what is happening.
This means future memory events generate powerful emotional reactions in those experiencing them. Those very emotional states seeming to be a trigger to the experience itself. Meaning, the experience of future memory may be dependent upon the future emotional pulse it causes. The future event shown by future memory, may be mundane and quite unremarkable, but the emotional reactions created during the experience...the time between the "now" and the arrival of the "foreseen" moment,as the mind tries to grapple with it,...and the traumatic arrival of the "remembered" event, which is then experienced in one's supposed flow of "real time," are profound. The greatest burst of emotion coming as the revealed event is experienced the SECOND TIME.
What is the nature of an Existence wherein one may perfectly experience a future, supposedly random, and unpredictable, event, intellectually...then witness the event take place, exactly as it was envisioned and experienced, even just 30 seconds before?
Existence is Determined, and seemingly, our intellects, although responsible to Existence, ride upon its Identity, part of it, spawned by it, enjoying the show of it, which allows our ignorance of it...to provide the growth necessary to avoid the torments of Eternity.