wedging “choice” into determinism..can it be done?
A problem i have with strict determinism, (besides it’s attempt to alleviate personal responsibility 😉 )
Is where does choice fit in?
It appears to me that with every innate given, we are also given choices.
We may be stuck in a boat going down stream, but we have the choice to jump out, row, or not?
I have no problem believing that some things may be choices while some may have less “choiceability”
For instance, two people are given voice lessons. One has natural ability, relative pitch, (perhaps even perfect pitch) and a beautiful tone. the other is tone deaf, and cannot stay on key. With the first…very little practice is necessary to sing and astound. With the second….infinite practice, dedication, hard work, sweat and tears…reward and punishment have zero effect on bringing a listenable performance.
Now with these two examples we have no choice as to ABILITY.
What we have choice on is whether or not the two WILL sing.
The first may choose to never sing…may just not be interested in it. May prefer playing video games all day alone in their room, or may want to write a book! Or may be interested instead in learning to solve world peace, or find a cure for cancer….
The second may choose to sing away…to their children…to themselves…to their god…to the world..to anyone who dares to walk by..
This is choice in action on ones given ability.
If one is mute…one has no choice to sing.
and With this example, an interesting article…
Musical Ability Seems to Be 50 Percent Genetic
Beethovens of the world may have innate advantages like better signaling from inner-ear hair cells.”
(yes Mak…thought of you on this one… 😉 )
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