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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 24 2013: Everyone makes "higher" cognitive problem solving decisions with the prefrontal cortex (front of the brain) which receives information from throughout the body and nervous system. We make decisions based on past memories and experiences, and these experiences shape and influence how our nervous system functions. This is called "Interpersonal Neurobiology". This goes to say that relationships we share from birth and all through life, influence the way the nervous system functions, and which certain genes are expressed more than others, which ultimately emerges into our behaviours, reward systems, how we interact with others, make complex decisions, problem solve, and our capability for healthy social skills.

    Understanding this, Integration is what is key to a healthier brain, healthier relationships, and of course "good decision making". Integration is; Honouring our differences, but linking the differentiated parts together. This is key not only for a healthy brain, and relationships, but also our mindset, and the more Integration, the more rational decisions can be permitted to emerge.

    Watch Dr. Daniel Siegal on TEDTalks, he goes into this in much more depth.
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      Jun 24 2013: Thank you so much for the recommendation, but "Houston, we have a problem!".

      I searched for Dr. Daniel Siegal's video on TED & TEDtalks and got nothing. Doesn't mean it isn't there. What it means is that my browser can't make this work! Blast it!

      If you could post here again and link to the video on TED, that always helps.

      If you really like this talk, count it as one of your favorites on your profile. That way you can always reference it in any post you give (i.e. "Please see my profile for the link." ).

      Sometimes if I search for a video and can't find it. I look again a day or two later and there it will be. So if I don't hear from you, I will search again.
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        Jun 24 2013: yea sorry about that it was on TEDxBlue,


        Anyways thats the link on youtube, he's brilliant really, you'll enjoy it.
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          Jun 24 2013: I watched the full video you recommended (I watched the last 2/3 of the video 3 times to make sure I got it!). I also started another video, but it is past my bedtime. So I keep your link & watch again tomorrow. Dan Siegal is brilliant. You can really tell that he's trained as a dancer/choreographer. His gestures are fluid, expressive, and consistent, like a spoken language of their own. His voice has a measured timbre such that the intonation itself contains additional meaning. And it isn't hard at all to intuitively feel the content of his understanding. I'll bet he can be living hell on graduate students. True Artists have that characteristic.

          Huey Freeman, we've just met and you know me so very well! Thank you.

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