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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 9 2013: In your example of government leaders, perhaps you now have gained much more knowledge than earlier and thus would make better decision based on this knowledge?
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        Jun 11 2013: This is a big problem today. People are afraid to trust anyone. Ah, democracy at is menace to society. We have become too competitive, too individualized, and too untrustworthy. People die in hospitals because they do not have enough money to keep themselves alive. Trust me, I just witnessed a court case last week. Can you even trust hospitals today? Well, I assume your chances are better if you do, better have money though. It's all about what can I do to make money. If I'm not making money in these hard times I'm afraid I will have nothing. Therefor, nothing can be free or for good intentions. A vicious cycle.

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