Is It Better to Have More Choices?

Is It Better to Have More Choices?

Some basic questions occurred to me. These may seem trivial questions; yet they troubled my mind.

Is it better to select from a big heap of choices, or from a small heap? We humans have choices, but to what extent having more choices is productive? Light scattered in many directions have more choices. In contrast, focused light has one choice and is more useful for us. Is going from divergence of choices and then into diverging these choice a wise strategy?

One more question- the shortest line is a straight line. When then proteins in our bodies don't like to stay stretched out is a straight line and fold into globules? What makes protein behave this way? Proteins are made up of only twenty amino acids. These are the building blocks of proteins. It amazes me how many different proteins these amino acids produce and the endless possibilities they create by simply rearranging the order by which these amino acids (building blocks) are arranged. The limited supply of amino acids didn't stop them from creating thousands of different proteins that serves different functionalities.

Human behavior such as "freezing in fear" limits our choices and mobility with the paradox of creating nice ice crystals. Is fear then a better choice for us as it is "more focused" like focused light? Being courageous melts our fear and therefore increases our mobility and choices to reach more places. Would you be rather fearful or courageous for each choice has its advantages and limitations?

Ideas are like the building blocks of amino acids that react together to form different proteins. We need to develop protein-like structured ideas. The building blocks have the same active moieties; however they differ in their skeletons. Proteins fold into different shapes and very specific ones too. Their folding into specific structures makes them highly specific in performing specific assignments. They fold and restrict their linear structure and reduce their mobility for a reason and this is against entropy. They can do this because they dissipate their energy to the surroundings. They behave like a ball on the top of a hill that rolls down to the valley and this force outweighs the loss in entropy. Folding is a spontaneous process and each fold produces a specific protein to perform a specific function.

This is the challenge- to create many ideas from limited and analogous ideas that interact together to form protein-like ideas that fold into themselves spontaneously with each resulting idea serving a specific application. We may sacrifice choices and movement to generate many ideas each with a specific structure to meet different needs.


Do you agree? I can envisage beBee hives as the building blocks of protein-like structures that create huge possibilities if we only know how to make these hives interact more with each other.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#44
Thank you and I shared your wonderful buzz again. It is worthy of building on.

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

4 years ago #39

#37
In fact, I did October last year, and among other things, you taught me the difference between complex and complicated, which I did appreciate very much. I started a hive too, but other things had me busy until now. have a look here https://www.bebee.com/producer/@david-navarro-lopez/basic-instincts-the-hive

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
You remind me of the "path of least resistance" and now the path of "easiest choice". Very interesting point Aaron \ud83d\udc1d Skogen below.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
Great comment dear Aaron \ud83d\udc1d Skogen and your mention of the negativity bias is relevant and valid. Yes, this factor alone could make us lend to negative choices. If choice is the starting point, then we have many starting points close to each other, but then they all start their own trajectories. Small differences in choices may be inflated by negativity feedback and could send us to the unknown.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

4 years ago #36

Of all the options available, the easiest choice is the best pathway!

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

4 years ago #35

Of all the options available, the easiest option is the best pathway!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#34
Dear Tausif Mundrawala as both of you refer to circumstances. I concur with your explanations and your comment gives me another reason to urge David to write a buzz on choices and factors affecting it.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
You are a great tinker and philosopher my friend David Navarro L\u00f3pez. Yes, to "We have circumstances, options, choices and results" and these four elements feedback to each other. Honestly, something to ponder on. I wish you would elaborate on this thinking in a buzz. It is worthy dear David.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
Thank you Lance \ud83d\udc1d Scoular

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
I agree with you Pascal Derrien. Taking a choice is in fact decision-making and all decisions involve emotions whether positive or negative.

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

4 years ago #30

My believing is that we have not only choices. We have circumstances, options, choices and results. Yet choices is the only one of these 4 items we can have some influence. But it is related to the other 3, so our options are always limited to them, and most of the times, even if we think we have many options to choose from, circumstances and previous results can narrow the choice, or in the contrary, magnify our options. To your questions about straight lines or focusing, I would say...bulls go straight to the torero, and this doesn't mean they are using a good strategy. To be focused means to me not to be disguised by flashing lights in my way to it, but it doesn't necessarily mean I need to go straight to it. Maybe I need to make some rounds until I get to it. There is when it comes circumstances and previous results to be evaluated. When it comes to fears, well, this is our primitive alarm system pointing out where the risks are. Or, if we are the hesitating kind, maybe fears reside only in our head. We need to learn between fears and real risks, and upon the latter, we can always choose to assume the risk and play our cards, as a risk is not a guarantee of failure: just a possibility out of others. Some fears happen to be building bridges before seeing a river. First is better to see where the river is, and then building a bridge. Most of the times, happen to be just a creek, and we need then to support the burden of a whole bridge. Non-sense.

Lance 🐝 Scoular

Lance 🐝 Scoular

4 years ago #29

πŸ‘ πŸ‘₯ed 🐝🐝🐀🐳πŸ”₯🚲

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #28

Choices are one thing what you do with one of them is the critical part ...bad choice, excellent choice mediocre pick, wrong choice how do you narrow, evaluate and qualify the quality in choices you have to make, it may not always be rationally driven when you add emotion, strength, physicality, motivation etc.... maybe that's the protein bit.... :-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Thank you Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #26

#28
"This is a crucial point and far beyond the limitations of ROI." This is the statement of the day. To understand this single statement in the context of our discussions is the basis of success and the choices we make. Great statement Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
This is a brilliant comment Harvey Lloyd. As you wrote "A choice is merely a choice. But when we choose we must live with the consequences of that choice". Coupling this to your other idea of opportunity costs of untaken choices then we need to apply our values wisely before making a choice. This is a crucial point and far beyond the limitations of ROI.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Harvey Lloyd- I wonder if you would consider writing a book on the philosophy of life. You have the choice and I believe it is the right one to do. "Basketball players are not successful because they wear Nike shoes". "My values drive my success as i bring value to others". "But the ultimate choice is to serve others or yourself". Each line I quoted from your valuable comment is a buzz on its own. Yes, when we make choices they should revolve around our values. This is necessar f we want to make choices of any lasting value.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #23

#20
#22 #23 I believe we are discussing opportunity cost. This theory describes that if you spend a dollar on a popsicle then that dollar is no longer available for the fueling of the car, mortgage or other options. Opportunity cost is a litmus test of discovering various choices return on investment. A methodology of determining the value of one choice over another. Opportunity cost is also a place where one can become paralyzed by data an indecision. A choice is merely a choice. But when we choose we must live with the consequences of that choice. Do these choices build our marriage, family or team? I believe even a bad choice that serves these areas of our life will have good consequences. When we look at opportunity cost through the act of service the paralysis stops. On the other hand when we look for the best ROI, a number if you will, then opportunity cost can drive you mad.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
thank you Sara Jacobovici for your lovely response. I like tbhe ides of dormant choices. Yes some of our choices may remain dormnt and this dormancy might be of short to very long durations. Choices are living bodies.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #21

#13
The video was telling of a world that has become hooked on materialism. I agree that we have many choices within our world and our efforts. The challenge actaully starts before the choice. Media and to some degree education have established that choices are what make you successful. Certainly case studies, books and many other reflections of success do offer us many choices. But materialism would have us believe that if we copy certain choices in appearance, acts and communications that we would be successful also. Our choices don't make us successful. Bare with me as i split hairs. My values drive my success as i bring value to others. My choices then become tethered to this act. The values that lead success through the dark times is what we cant see but we do see the choices of an individual in a material sense. Basketball players are not successful because they wear Nike shoes. The analyses by the professor in the video is correct when we look from the street into the window of an individual. But the ultimate choice is to serve others or yourself. The professor was describing a service of self and this service is exactly how he stated it, unfulfilling.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #20

#22
Thank you Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for bringing @Ned McDonnell's quote to my attention. My gut response would be to say that this is exactly the quality of the process of choosing; once we make a choice, the other options are gone in that moment. They do not stop being options at other times, for other reasons, but are no longer available in the moment we are engaged in the act of choosing. This, in a way, reinforces Heraclitus's quote, "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." Neither the river nor the man disappear, it's just the options of when and where to step have disappeared once we've chosen to take the step.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
This is a very valid point and is a challenge to all of us my friend Ned McDonnell. This is a great link indeed.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Sometimes easy choices sound difficult and you are in this position my friend Paul Walters

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

4 years ago #17

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Oh Ali, you have given me too many things to think about. Now I shall have to make the choice of whether to think or whether to just sit

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Rick Delmonico- I greatly appreciate your link to this wonderful talk on choices. @Barry Schwartz mentioned "One effect, paradoxically, is that it produces paralysis, rather than liberation. With so many options to choose from, people find it very difficult to choose at all". Yes, I agree as when we have many choices we don't know what to choose. We scatter our efforts aimlessly. Even tough my approach is very different from that of Barry Schwartz; yet we arrive at some similar conclusions.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Sara Jacobovici- I shall view the TED-talk and comment again. For now, I want to salute you for writing such a brilliant comment. I refer in particular to your writing "With focus, comes the ability to sift through the quantity and be left with the relevant choices related to our focus". I love this idea. The focus is the magnet that should attract relevant ideas. I can think of more metaphors to reflect on your wonderful comment. For now, I want to watch your video link.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
I love your mentioning control as a limiting factor for our choices dear Sara Jacobovici. I wonder if you refer to both self-imposed control and externally-imposed ones. Proteins interact at definite sites and this what keeps their structures. DO we need certain bonding elements among humans to produce similar structures? I again say loudly that you opened a new window for me and your readers to think about.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #13

Part Two: Fear is innately a mechanism which provides information, same as your discussion about stimulus. The different transformations of fear are directly related to our unique human trait of forming associations and meanings based on our experiences. Fear is no longer a mechanism through which we receive information on which we base our choice of action, fear is now more of a feeling; an emotional state or reaction. This is far from an ideal place within which to make our choices. In terms of quantity of things to choose from, as you mention, focus is crucial. With focus, comes the ability to sift through the quantity and be left with the relevant choices related to our focus. Even when we have one task at hand, distractions can prevent us from realizing our goal. I found your perspective enriching Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. Allow me though to provide a more β€œsimplistic” perspective of choices based on human dynamics. An interesting 20-minute TED Talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO6XEQIsCoM&vl=en

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #12

Part One: A topic close to my heart Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee has inspired me to offer the following contribution. Most organic life forms are designed/wired to pursue life; no choice but to survive. How each organism survives depends on its makeup of strategies in response to things that come, or does not come, its way. The difference between humans and other life forms is that our choices are not limited or restricted to our instinct of self/species preservation. We struggle with self-reflective existential Hamlet-type angst. We struggle with ideas; which are ours, which do we keep, reject, which inspire us, teach us, enable us…and then there is the whole issue of control; what is in our control and what isn’t.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
I shall do my friend.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #10

#10
I will look for its posting. Please feel free to tag me. My schedule is not allowing as much participation here.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
You are expanding my thoughts and the stimulus you give me may give birth of a new buzz.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #8

#8
We are all a stimulus to someone else. In our reaction to our own stimulus we model reaction for others. I learned the hard way how i am a stimulus or catalyst for others. Either in a team format or a new customer format. You are introducing something new or different. You are now the stimulus/catalyst. In this scenario we have to look at the stimulus as you stated a catalyst for new thinking, something we didn't know and now do. However i know you too have experienced the look of self preservation upon completing a new concept or too a new customer. Great leadership always views existential stimulus as a mere reaction to unknown conditions. They add these newly discovered conditions to their success. Poor leaders attack/defend against the stimulus and are blinded from their goals. This is that counter intuitive element. If i commit to the stimulus a defensive attack, then i have automatically given the stimulus a birthright within the discussion. If i chose to honor what the stimulus could do to help us be better at what our goals are trying to achieve, i leave the birthright where it belongs at the foot of the goal.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I honestly believe you opened a new line of thinking here "Stimulus gives new information, that is all, it shouldn't impact the goal. It may change methods, or navigation but not the destination". A stimulus should be like a catalyst as it accelerates the reaction by changing its pathway, but doesn't change the outcome.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #6

#6
We all react to our environment. Some actions can be proactive based on intuitive thought, acting without a stimulus. Given a stimulus though we are reacting to something we didn't understand ten minutes before. However we can be proactive towards our original goal and not allow the stimulus to subvert the progress. So many of my small business friends have been involved with outside stimulus that they reacted to as the stimulus was the goal. Stopping this attack of our mind is counter intuitive. You are correct, when we find a stimulus that is causing a "reaction" it should be offensive towards our original goal. When we are "defensive" as a strategy then we lose out on the possibility of scoring anything, we play to a tie. Stimulus gives new information, that is all, it shouldn't impact the goal. It may change methods, or navigation but not the destination.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Yes, and I fully understand your writing " The body of a human is a magnificent organism that acts naturally to exist. But also reacts to its existential environment". You bring a new idea: reactive choices are more defensive; proactive choices are more open and I would say "offensive". I am now thinking if it would be having both is a proper choice. I am still thinking and I wonder what you think Harvey Lloyd. At least, I am saying reactive choices aren't bad in certain situations.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #4

#4
The body of a human is a magnificent organism that acts naturally to exist. But also reacts to its existential environment. Almost as within the design certain environmental actions were anticipated. I was not stating that reactive was negative but rather like our body responds to conditions it did not choose, at the protein level, a goal still needs to be ever present. If that goal, in proactive/reactive environments, is solely based on self preservation then we will trigger someone else's self preservation. Given today's climate as a species i would say that we are experiencing a cascading failure of self preservation nature.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Harvey Lloyd- I love the connection to proteins in your super comment "If proteins sought self preservation then our species would not be here". Unfortunately, we still know little how protein fold and it is this understanding that shall help us in finding cures for many diseases. Yes, choices are reactive and proactive. The problem with reactive choices is that they suffer from time lag. Proactive choices anticipate and act accordingly. Should the anticipation prove wrong for whatever reason then we have an opportunity to learn. It is quite interesting that you wrote "Natural processes react to their environment with a goal in mind". Are proteins in our bodies closed systems, or are they exposed to external environments? No matter what proteins are able to reproduce their shapes spontaneously. Do proactive choices become habitual choices once their correctness is established? You got me thinking.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #2

You bring to the forefront the need to understand our choices. I have reduced choices to two common starting points. Reactive and proactive. WIthin each of these paradigms there is another two choices that exist. Self preservation and goal attainment. Reactive and self preservation seem to be joined in tandem from an existential view. So goes proactive and goal attainment. Natural processes react to their environment with a goal in mind. This seems counter intuitive when we look at the processes of human choices. If i am responding to existential stimulus, self preservation is the first thoughts that hit my mind. If proteins sought self preservation then our species would not be here. When we see someone who is being proactive towards a goal within an existential crisis they would appear to not be on top of the situation. We all read of crisis and expect to hear the reactive self preservation response. True leaders know that self preservation happens only within a proactive goal attainment position.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you so much for your sharing and very poetic comment my dear debasish majumder

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