Tim van Gelder, a Prinicpal Fellow of the Philosophy Department, gave a talk on decision making, on the wonderful 15 minute ABC Radio National Show Ockham’s Razor. The transcript and audio of Tim’s talk are available here.
The trouble is that deliberative decision making is still a very problematic business. Decisions go wrong all the time. Textbook decision methods were developed, in part, because it was widely recognised that our default or habitual methods are very unreliable. Those textbook methods may not be the answer, but there is still an urgent need to improve decision making.
How are we to do this? Friends and colleagues of Tim aren’t surprised by his answer: decision mapping. For his reasons, listen to or read his talk. For more on Tim’s work, head on over to his website.