INLS385-002 Spring 2020


Is individual decision making a learned or an intuitive skill? What examples of individual decision making resonate with you?

One perspective on individual decison making

Why we make bad decisions | Dan Gilbert

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Can rules and algorithms serve to automate our decisions?

from the Alison Randel article
So the real question isn’t "How do I remove unpredictability and randomness from my business?" It’s "How do I deliberately make and structure decisions to increase the chance that novel ideas or outcomes lead to improvement?"

Three Proven Ways To Navigate Uncertainty | Alison Randel

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You don't have to read these unless you wish to, but we might touch upon them in conversation

a road(?) to somewhere, from The Guardian

Read Individual Decision Making, a 2011 article on the topic in Exforsys, a consultancy

If you are interested in this topic in some depth, you may read Edwards, W. (1954). The theory of decision making. (Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 51, No. 4, 1954, p. 380-417.)

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things we'll talk about

If the session will include an in-class exercise, it will be noted here.

slides for session 10

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something to take away

Como la Cigarra

Mercedes Sosa was both a singer and a political force as one of the prime figures in the Nueva Canción (or Nueva Trova) movement. Her entry in seems to be written by a compatriot, and an obit in The Telegraph speaks a bit of her importance.

Mercedes Sosa, who has died aged 74, was the most renowned Latin-American singer of her generation; she was known as "La Negra" for her long, jet-black hair, and as "the voice of the voiceless ones", for her performances of songs which championed the rights of the poor.

Though not known as a songwriter, she was an unrivalled interpreter of works by her compatriot, the Argentinian Atahualpa Yupanqui, and Chile's Violeta Parra, both icons of the region's nueva canción movement towards the end of the 1960s, whose work often spoke of the struggle for human rights and democracy.

As a figurehead of the Left in her own right, Mercedes Sosa fell foul of the military junta that ruled her nation between 1976 and 1983 ... the object of state surveillance and intimidation by the "Triple A" death squad. At a concert in La Plata in 1979, she and her entire audience of 200 university students were arrested and detained. Although she was released as a result of international condemnation, the incident forced her into exile ...

The song was written by María Elena Walsh.

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