by Steven Johnson

my intro.. via Steven and Ted.. on farsighted

This is the argument that I make in the conclusion to Farsighted: that decision-making should be a required course in every high school. Multidisciplinary by nature (cog science, behavioral econ, philosophy, lit) and useful to every single student, no matter what they do in life. https://t.co/huYHojEvij

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/stevenbjohnson/status/1036609625385127936

The science of decision-making is taught in some graduate schools, but never in grades K12.Why? Read this article and ask whether young kids can learn this. They can!And then ask, how important is it to make good decisions??#WhatSchoolCouldBe https://t.co/qJL79PN7E2

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/dintersmith/status/1036214686834933761

“One thing a person cannot do, no matter how rigorous his analysis or heroic his imagination,” the economist and Nobel laureate Thomas Schelling once observed, “is to draw up a list of things that would never occur to him.”

the supposed to ness of school (no matter how kind) is one of the major reasons we are stripped of our innate ability to decide things

not to mention the decisions it requires/coerces us to assume are the essential decisions

why change

actually.. this was my first intro:

Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly) tweeted at 5:53 PM on Sun, Sep 02, 2018:
A lovely little teaser from @stevenbjohnson’s brilliant book Farsighted. The book is a must-read! https://t.co/A4Q9sDJ96k

the men


notes from farsighted

moral algebra ( pros/cons list et al)..

title of book: how we make decisions that matter the most.. then many ie’s are about: jury/judge ing; business/money ing; war ing; policy ing; vote ing; kill ing;

deliberate or whatever you want to call them.. i’m thinking these are decisions we wouldn’t even be thinking about.. if we just made one decision.. to set ourselves free.. judgement/money/war/policy/work/school .. would all become irrelevant

so maybe.. just maybe.. this whole book. and this push to teach decision making in school.. is just like ie: teaching algebra in school… just like ie: teaching whales in sea world whatever..

chomsky serious things law..

mufleh humanity lawwe have seen advances in every aspect of our lives except our humanity – Luma Mufleh

dang.. we need to redefined decision making.. realize that if life is really about things that matter.. things toward/in an undisturbed ecosystem.. each heart is already capable of deciding.. if we could just learn to listen deep enough ie: as it could be..


it’s easy to go w your hear when you are only calculating the impact on your emotional state. it’s much harder when your heart conflicts w your politics, or your community roots, or your financial needs – or all there..

i say those are all disturbances to an undisturbed ecosystem.. good test though.. if they conflict w heart.. probably not worth time


in the simplest terms, deliberative decision involve three steps: mapping, predicting, deciding

holmgren indigenous law

– all we need is already in us.. listen deeper


there is wisdom in understanding a decision because it resembles some past crossroads.. but there is wisdom too in seeing all the ways the decision breaks from the past, in appreciate its singular properties.. it is the hypothesis of this book that this way of seeing can be taught

wisdom (or whatever you want to call it) doesn’t need to be taught.. it just needs to be free enough to emerge.. ie: it would come if we just focus on cure ios city.. no training

dang.. so you give us the insight of the adjacent possible.. then you offer means to make sure we miss it.. ie: mapping.. predicting.. adding to school/curriculum.. reading books about how to ness..

1 – mapping


quote from feynman on getting new ideas… followed by strategy to capture bin laden



2 – predicting


every decision relies on prediction w varying degrees of certainty

whole predicting ch means little (even on humans.. however.. most of ch seems to be on business and military) if data is not legit..ie: from whales in sea world

3 – deciding


the value model – risk.. money.. and again .. war


4 – the global choice


long view: should we talk to intelligent life forms living on other planets..




we need to focus on ai as in augmenting interconnectedness.. and then trust us.. ie: meadows undisturbed ecosystem.. (let’s trust that emergence.. no..?)


on the drake equation – i know of no other equation that so elegantly conjoins so many diff intellectual discipline in a single framework..

oy.. of math and men.. of course..equations.. to fix us (rowson mechanical law)

dang man.. let’s go for: the short equation and the 2 convers as infra framework

could conjoin 7bn curiosities.. everyday.. as it could be..

5 – personal choice


whether or not to move to california

sorry .. but chomsky serious things law..

epilogue – we might as well get good at it


i spent most of the first qtr of my life in school. i don’t remember one class .. where decision making itself was on the syllabus.. i’m not the sort of person who gripes about all the useless trivia i learned in school.. i’ve made a career out of finding meaning in the obscure realms of diff disciplines.. but i wish at least some of that time in the classroom had been dedicated to the art of deciding..

school does teach us to decide.. between spinach and rock at best.. saying we need decision making in school fits right in to that binary


are there more important skills than the ability to make hard choices? i can think of a few rivals: creativity, empathy, resilience.. but surely complex decision making has to rank near the top of the list..

again.. what you’re calling hard choices.. are either pre determined.. spinach and rock .. or caused by most of us not being us in the first place.. who cares how efficient our mechanics are if none of it really matters to humanity

cure ios city man

this would be a frustrating book.. mostly because it’s modeling the supposed to ness of school .. which is one of the major reasons we are stripped of our innate ability to decide things in the first place.. not to mention the decisions it requires/coerces us to assume are the essential decisions

ie: if we just made one decision.. to set ourselves free.. judgement/money/war/policy/work/school .. would all become irrelevant