Well, too bad for you!
If those people gave you any advice at all — many times they don’t—it’s likely to be the same simplistic advice that they got from their elders: some folk wisdom whose limitations have been exposed by decades of research on decision-making.
Author Steven Johnson is out to change that. He’s on a crusade to remind parents and teachers and other leaders it’s time for them to upgrade the quality of their advice concerning wise decisions.
In an entertaining, fast-paced interview on NPR’s 1A, Johnson discussed his new book, Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most.
The interview and the book provide a basic introduction to modern research on decision-making.
More importantly for the average reader, Johnson shows the practical implications of this research: you’ll see examples ranging from the Navy Seal raid on Osama bin Laden to making decisions about climate change to coming to grips with whether or not to move across the country.