Author Topic: Episode-2096- Decision Making with Logic and Reason - Additional shownotes  (Read 2155 times)

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 If you find yourself thinking…
What to do
What to think
How to feel
What action to take
What action not to take
What is my opinion
Should I buy this new thing
...ask yourself these questions

  • Is this really important to me?  If so, why? [31:22]
    • Is it because I’m outraged?  Is it only because of emotion?
      • If it doesn’t actually hurt or harm or break or do anything in anyway that actually effects my life, then you are choosing to be outraged.
        • If you are outraged because you are offended then you are on the road to being controlled by somebody else.
        • You may be emotionally lead instead of logically lead.  Not always, but often is, a bad thing
    • If you come to realize it’s not important to you, can can stop looking for a “why?” and put the issue to bed
  • How did this come to my attention? [37:15]
    • Did the TV tell you?  Did your friend tell you?  Did the computer tell you?
    • Did I have any concern about this until somebody told me?
      • If this wasn’t important yesterday, and I didn’t have an opinion on it yesterday, what’s different about today that I should care now?
    • Did you go out and find this information?
      • There is a good chance it matters to you then
    • If this information was pushed into your realm of knowledge, there’s a good chance the person whoever pushed it there wants a reaction from you
      • There is no reason to believe the reaction they are seeking is your benefit
  • Can I make any meaningful action on this issue?  If so, what? [39:03]
    • If the answer is no, every bit of energy/effort you spend on it is wasted when it’s not being applied to something you could make a difference on
      • It’s still okay for it to upset you
      • You only have limited energy so focus it why it can be most effective
If the issue is still worthy of our attention at this point…
  • What is my source of knowledge on this issue? [45:20]
    • What is their agenda?
      • Everyone has an agenda, it doesn’t always imply an evil motive, it can be benevolent
      • What do they hope to accomplish by providing this information or making this case?
    • What is their track record? [47:20]
      • Does this source have history of being…
        • correct/incorrect?
        • having hidden agendas?
        • being nefarious?
        • screwing people over?
        • Lying/telling the truth?
        • being honest?
        • Being consistently liberal/conservative/neutral/libertarian?
      • It’s not about a subjective judgment of the track record, just “what is it?”
    • What do other sources say? [48:00]
      • Find sources which disagree
        • If you don’t examine counter arguments then you are not fully informed on any decision
        • It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you, it’s what you think you know that just ain’t so.” - Famous writer
      • You will come to a point where you are done examining the other sources
  • Is this something I want/need in my life/business/etc? [51:15]
  • This information is more dangerous than any revolution could ever be [55:50]
  • If this has never been an issue for be before, does it really matter now? [55:55]
    • This is to check yourself
    • Did I get caught up and become emotional?
    • Did I think this way last week?  If not, what really changed?
  • Problems/Needs/Wants [58:19]
    • What happens if I do nothing? [59:19]
      • Not an excuse for paralysis
    • Do we already have something to deal with this? [1:00:12]
      • Asset/mechanism/reality that already takes care of this issue?
    • Is it really a problem? [1:02:00]
      • If not, what is the real problem?
    • Is it a need or a want?  [1:05:52]
      • If it’s only a want, how bad do I want it?  And why do I want it?
      • If you realize at this point that you “just want to believe this,” you need to start all over again because you’ve deceived yourself somewhere along the way and you won’t be secure in your final position
  • Levels of debate [1:08:00]
    • Name calling / ad hominem / responding to tone
      • Not worthy of responding to
    • Contradiction
    • Counterargument
    • Refutation
      • Highest level a debate over an opinion can reach
    • Refuting the central point
      • Facts / proof
  • How much of my bias is at play here? [1:13:12]
    • Is the position I’m at now almost identical to the position I began with?
      • If so, did I really follow the process or did I let confirmation bias take me to the position I’d already predetermined for myself?
      • If you feel like a lot of your bias is at play you need to go through the process again
  • Do I know that this is true or do I believe that this is true? [1:14:00]
    • Is it a leap of faith or relying on bulletproof fact
    • You should be able to understand when something is your opinion vs. when it is a fact
    • What, if anything, would change my mind on this? [1:17:43]
      • What would it take to change my opinion on this issue?
  • Is this something I was trained to believe or a decision I made? [1:18:37]
Final thoughts
  • It matters less what the answer to any of these questions is but the habit of asking them will lead to more meaningful and informed decisions
  • It seems laborious and difficult but once it becomes habit it’s quite easy
  • Add / edit / modify / delete these questions to your needs
    • What really matters is that you have a process in place to make decisions