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Decisions? Choices? Alternatives? Too little information? Too much information? Just how do we decide? Facing a decision? Share here.

Similar Challenges @ similar times. Identical choices to face @ identical places. Everything from what college major to choose; to when, if, & to whom you should marry; to have kids? Yes/no? How do I prepare for a future when I don't get anything -- but old? We all face similar challenges; all the time; every day of our lives. Why not share? Here!

TED has 14 talks on how to make Good Decisions. So far, I've seen talks that cover issues with marketing, healthcare, and major economic decisions involving how to improve life for all people everywhere.

If you had 50 Billion dollars, what global problems would you solve first? Economic Analysis gives a surprising set of priorities. And Global Warming is way down the list as far as "Bang for the Buck" is concerned.

Dan Gilbert says that YES we CAN synthesize our own happiness and we do so every day inside our own brains. And drugs have nothing to do with it. Also Professor Gilbert gives a more complex talk on why we make bad decisions. It would seem that we can blame evolution for that one.

Choices are hard to make. Important choices can be terrifying. We've all felt the same way when we had to choose & then face up to unintended consequences in Life! Choices-in-life? We all face 'em. Share here.


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  • Jun 8 2013: The priority of the problems are different for each country in my opinion. For the Netherlands I'd say the first priority should be to take control of overhead costs Not by budget cuts but by creating a lean and mean government and by getting unemployed people back involved in society. Unemployment rates are incredibly high but we are short on teachers, nurses and affordable daycare so re-structuring the system and empower people to take responsibility for society as a whole would be a tremendous step forward.

    Then I'd say education because innovation becomes increasingly important so instead of numbing their brains and teaching them that asking questions or making mistakes is a bad thing, it's time we teach them how to be creative, collaborate and live with respect for themselves and others.

    Healthcare would be next. I still find it odd that I can rent a great Hotel room for 100 euros, but a hospital bed costs me 200 euro's a night?... The hotel room comes with room service but a nurse costs extra... hmmm

    So we'll have 50B left which I suggest we invest in innovation centers. Much to gain from further developing nano technology, dna manipulation etc. Imagine how much time you can spend on creative arts, space travel or just socializing when we all have a 3d printer that can print anything from food to your personally designed transportation by using nano technology and the elements as a cardridge. That would leave 95% of the planet unemployed, but nobody hungry or homeless. But now I'm getting carried away. ;-)

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