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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 8 months ago

Do we really have the freedom of choice?

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  • 8 months ago

    No, we must obey the laws of physics. Our brains are collections of atoms. They all move according to Newton's Laws and electromagnetic laws. No law ever gives an atom any choice as to what to do. (Even in quantum mechanics, some things happen by chance. But atoms still never make a choice.)

    If atoms don't have any choice on how to move, how can you, being a bunch of atoms, have a choice? Your brain can not violate the laws of physics.

  • 8 months ago

    Freedom of choice is based on the reality. The real situation only provided a limited choices. Nevertheless, you are free to choose one which you like most.

  • 8 months ago

    Yes.

    Like others here who understand something of this life & how we all have the

    freedom-of-choice as a part of it.

    Even choice questions in Philosophy (Environmental) & History of Ideas like -

    Has the Fukushima Nuclear Accident contaminated the Entire Pacific Ocean^ ?

    Source(s): ^ see YouTube video
    • peter m
      Lv 6
      8 months agoReport

      Posing these new choice questions like this I believe shows better how philosophy can integrate a past which was so different to the environment of the 21st century, the dangers of the cultures & the benefits that surely exist for those.

  • P
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Try holding your breath

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  • Raja
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    You have freedom to choose but you can't do everything you choose.

  • small
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    In my opinion, we do have limited freedom of choice such as my decision right now to answer this question..... the limitation is ruled by the reason that our choice can not change the prime parameters of the universe and its movement/change in course of time.

    The argument that our act of choosing itself is governed by past events plenty of which may not even be of our own doing or choice, is of course true...... but that governs the root cause of our decision and not the decision itself which can often be unreasonable/emotional/whimsical etc. and thus counteract the root cause logic.

  • tony
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    No! our 'choice' is governed by rules and regulations which is a framework built up to limit and control the amount of 'choice' we actually have...

    our Biological choices are constantly coming into conflict with our societal values and morals and rules.We don't choose WHAT we are drawn to. 'Preference' happens TO us. Perhaps, just perhaps, we are all governed by our instincts just like the other animals. We just have a bigger brain. These instincts worked well for us when we were hunter-gatherers, now in a civilization of increased comforts our instincts drive our thinking mind to conjure all manner of illusions like 'free will', which paradoxically, is also instinct driven.Freedom of choice is :that you can make the decision to do whatever you want. even if it is a bad decision you may be punished for it but you still had the freedom to make that choice. Its what you can control. No one can tell you if your choice was good or bad.

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  • 8 months ago

    Is there any doubt? What else do you call it when someone chooses one option from amongst several?

  • Jorge
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    I choose answer your question, wait, better not.

  • 8 months ago

    We sure do. Not TOTAL choice but choice within a range of reasonable choices. For instance, you can't choose to live on the moon, but you can live wherever you want (and can afford to).

    Free will is not always a privilege. Sometimes we HAVE to choose when we'd rather not. The lesser creatures who don't have free will--animals, plans, etc.--are never forced to make choices, the choices are programmed into them. Have you ever been forced to make an unpleasant choice? Maybe the lesser of two evils? That's free will!

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