Discussion article for the meetup : Toronto: making hard decisions
See [http://www.meetup.com/Less-Wrong-Toronto/] for the exact location.
Sometimes we are faced with a decision which is important and non-trivial. What hard decisions have you made in the past? Do you have any coming up? Do you have any techniques and strategies for making hard, real-world decisions?
For me right now a hard decision is which direction to take my career, with grad school being an option. I'd like to talk about that a bit, but other examples too, with the emphasis being on general-purpose techniques that can be applied to a wide range of decision-making problems.
Things to consider:
- How do you get yourself in the right decision-making mindframe?
- How do you get a handle on what your options actually are, and make sure you're considering all of them?
- How do you translate your goals and values into utility, in order to compare options? Or do you not do it that way?
- How do you make sure your model of the decision and its consequences squares with reality?