Friday, January 20, 2012

Think About Searching, #2

How we think about searching and how we think about thinking is wrong.  Given the perspectives that come from recent research on decision-making, the conventional wisdom is wrong.  Our tendency on how to decide is backwards.  The easy problems should be carefully thought through - rationalize it.  The complex problems should be intuitive - but with a twist.  The books such as Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow say: "think less about those items that you care a lot about and don't be afraid to let your emotions choose."  But for these problem, first we gather information, reflect on it, then decide.  We often leave out step 2: allowing ourselves the time to reflect, mull, and sleep on it.  The research shows that the intuitive side of our brain (some would call it emotions), is really smart, can digest huge amounts of information and can make an 'informed' decision.  Think about it!

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