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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 22 2013: Yes. That's it. Isn't 'choice' a decision on an action or outcome? If we 'choose' but take no action - see no alternate result, it's merely mental and verbal exercise, an impotent and generally useless activity. "I'm going to do this or that", but never do it. "I'm going to change this or that", but nothing changes. "I believe this or that", but our actions speak otherwise. Now the flip side is that we choose and change, then face the result. Often our 'change' falls short of the 'ideal' we originally had, or our 'choice' leads to a 'change' beyond our expectations. But it seems it does come down to the necessity of 'will'. If there is no will to affect the choice, then the 'choice' is moot. Cheers!

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