Reality Defined… Close Enough

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After jumping down 30 feet into a soft loam pile, sinking up to my thighs, crashing forward and smacking my face into the dirt, I learned that I don’t always make the best decisions. There were other clues, but that example still sticks in my mind, perhaps because I wasn’t able to move my spine afterward that made it stick.

Best decision that I ever made? Carpooling with Georgie Fear. I’ll save that story for later. For now follow me on a relevant bird walk.

I’m as close to omniscience as I will ever get. There is no 90 Days To Omniscience Blueprint that I am aware of as of this post. Until that plan comes available for three easy payments of $19.99 I am stuck with my very limited understanding of things, which is to say that I don’t know anything.

If one is not omniscient, how can they be sure that they know anything? It’s like knowing most of the equation but not all of it and thinking that we can know the answers.

Warning: That might drive you bonkers if you let it, let’s get back to the point.

So, what is left? Just one thing, my experience. That is all that exists for me. Object reality becomes irrelevant to me.

From that perspective, I explore. Whether I am logically correct or not doesn’t interest me, for even if you prove to me that there is an object reality and that I can know it I will still only experience it. So there.

Well then, my first curiosity will be decisions. For they are the very things that determine all of our experiences. Sure there is logical arguments for experiences that have nothing to do with our decisions, but I can’t control those. What I can control are my decisions, that’s it.

Stay tuned for an exploration of Decision Theory. I wish to explore both normative as well as descriptive decision theory. Descriptive to understand how we humans actually make decisions and normative is how to make the best decisions without all the facts. Basically how to make rational decisions.

The aim is to see if I can identify my very human, irrational, maybe moronic way of making decisions and learn to do better.

Of course, that needs no explanation. Better decisions are intrinsically valuable.



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