On Choice.

I realise as I move forward that I have choice – I can choose to assume knowledge and thus inadvertently affect incoming information in the form of pre-judged experience to which I pay selective attention >OR< I can simply allow perceptions and experiences to arise and observe them as they are while recording details using only as much pre-existing data as necessary to do so. The results of these choices will render differently experienced states of consciousness.

Choice 1 – assumption of knowledge applied to selectively attended experience results in a more or less “as expected” resolution or rendering of received information, as well a general tendency to discount or deride alternative perspectival possibilities. Applied assumed knowledge allows me to remain in a comfortable relationship with the flow of information as I have already judged it and categorised it, and I protect it’s familiar form through application of further assumptions and denial or ignorance of proposed or possible alternative insights. My experienced conscious condition in these instances tends to be easily agitated and I tend to become somewhat defensive and contrarian. The quality of attention I experience in these conditions is tightly focussed on what I think I know.

Choice 2 – allowing and observing the flow of information/experience using perceptual faculties in full awareness of the possible effects that these have upon the information itself and monitoring those effects to ensure adjustment of said faculties in order to apprehend the information in as unconditioned a form as is possible given initial conditions. This approach allows an open reception to insights and new ideas about what the information stream may contain, how I may be influencing my own perception of it and thus rendering my own experience of it. The quality of the conscious condition I experience arising in such instances is one of curiosity, gratitude and humour, with a pervasive sense of patience, and inherent respect for revealed aspects of the observed. The quality of attention in these circumstances is diffuse and often quite naïve.


  1. Both choices, IMO, are delusional. First, that we have alternatives doesn’t imply a lack of intrinsic bias towards choosing among the alternatives. Also, we may not be aware of all the alternatives, as in this case.

    IMO, there must always be a base of assumptions. We assume and work within those assumptions; then we can change the set of assumptions. There can never be a state free of assumptions, IMO.

    Another set of two choices: 1) chose to change assumptions and 2) select a new set of assumptions. Meta to this is how we evaluate schemes with different assumptions, and what assumptions underlie those schemes?


    Yet, CHOICE is an essential process to learn, improve, and cultivate. Our ultimate choice is to “flow or choose”. One extreme tactic is to make every moment a deliberate choice. Another extreme is to abandon all choice and flow.

    I don’t believe we humans have a good grasp of “choice and choosing”. Personally, for Larry, it is a frustrating mystery. “Choice” by populations is a separate issue.

    IMO we have NO REAL CHOICE in our response to stimuli; it is programmed into our bio/psycho state-at-the-moment, S/R biological configuration. We do have creative agency in actions that are not responses to stimuli. Such creative action can change our S/R states (not by intention). If we can delay an S/Response, a free choice can change the situation. We couldn’t function well if we were not primarily S/R deterministic. We are also protected from “wild and irresponsible” actions – which is not to exclude quality spontaneous creativity.

    Glisten, this post moves me to assert that CHOICE labels a conceptual scheme in great need of new attention. Our assumptions about choice may be handicapping, if not destructive.




    1. Hello Larry 🙂 as always, you open me to new perspectives on my own thinking – I will contemplate your considered input and continue to tease out the nuances of what I perceive in my experience in relation to the concept of CHOICE, hopefully I will overcome delusion in the process. May the ongoing conversation be fruitful!



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