The Value of Not Overthinking a Decision

Today, I have an article sent in by one of our readers, Steve. The article written by Robert Lee Hotz highlights the importance of getting out of our own way in decision making.

Overview:

  • “We think our decisions are conscious,” said neuroscientist John-Dylan Haynes at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, who is pioneering this research. “But these data show that consciousness is just the tip of the iceberg. This doesn’t rule out free will, but it does make it implausible.”
  • “… the more factors to be considered in a decision, the more likely the unconscious brain handled it all better, they reported in the peer-reviewed journal Science in 2006. “The idea that conscious deliberation before making a decision is always good is simply one of those illusions consciousness creates for us,”

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20. August 2008 by Miguel Barbosa
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