playlist

Talks to watch when you have a big decision to make

For when you need to stop biting your nails and just pick a direction.

  1. 11:47
    Tom Griffiths 3 ways to make better decisions — by thinking like a computer

    If you ever struggle to make decisions, here's a talk for you. Cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths shows how we can apply the logic of computers to untangle tricky human problems, sharing three practical strategies for making better decisions — on everything from finding a home to choosing which restaurant to go to tonight.

  2. 16:05
    Sheena Iyengar How to make choosing easier

    We all want customized experiences and products — but when faced with 700 options, consumers freeze up. With fascinating new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses (and others) can improve the experience of choosing.

  3. 6:07
    Liv Boeree 3 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion

    Is it better to be lucky or good? Should we trust our gut feelings or rely on probabilities and careful analysis when making important decisions? In this quick talk, professional poker player Liv Boeree shares three strategies she's learned from the game and how we can apply them to real life.

  4. 14:41
    Ruth Chang How to make hard choices

    Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

  5. 15:35
    Ash Beckham When to take a stand — and when to let it go

    Ash Beckham recently found herself in a situation that made her ask: who am I? She felt pulled between two roles — as an aunt and as an advocate. Each of us feels this struggle sometimes, she says — and offers bold suggestions for how to stand up for your moral integrity when it isn't convenient.