Making the big decisions

This post is about how we make major life decisions, such as whether or not to start a family, whether to leave your home country and start a life elsewhere, or whether to join a revolution and
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This post is about how we make decisions – in particular, it’s about how we make major life decisions, such as whether or not to start a family, whether to leave your home country and start a life elsewhere, or whether to join a revolution and fight for a cause. These are what philosophers Edna Ullman-Margalit and L. A. Paul call “big decisions” or “transformative decisions.” But let’s start small. How do I make the little decisions in life? I am about to walk to a friend’s house, and I am deciding whether or not to take an umbrella. How do I go about making this decision? Well, I think first about what I can expect things to be like if I take the umbrella. Either it will rain or it won’t. I think about what value I assign to the situation in which it rains and I have the umbrella (a low value because rain’s a drag, as is carrying an umbrella, but not very low because at least I’m mostly dry) and the situation in which it doesn’t rain and I have the umbrella (still a low value,. . .

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