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  1. Are we in control of our own decisions?

  2. The Buriden's Ass ‘method’ of decision making

    The Buriden's Ass ‘method’ of decision making is used when two or more equally attractive alternatives exist and it is difficult to make a choice. It is of course based on the old fable of Buriden's Ass, who starved to death because he was tethered halfway between two equally large and succulent piles of hay - he couldn’t make up his mind which one to walk over to and eat. The approach is really simple; if the outcome of a choice between two options in terms of benefit is equally attractive focus ...
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  3. Just sleep on it and the solution will come

    Just sleep on it and the solution will come

    I suppose many have read about recent research led by a leading expert on the benefits of napping at the University of California that suggests that Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep enhances creative problem-solving. At last now when I get caught sleeping on the job I have the perfect excuse. The study by Sara Mednick and Denise Cai graduate student in the UC San Diego Department of Psychology showed that REM directly enhances creative processing ...
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  4. Can Bees help with Decision Making Strategy?

    I read with interest an article in the Sunday paper this other week on the assertion that Bees 'Decision Making Strategy' (sic) could help the business world to come to more informed decisions.

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    Apparently swarms send out 'scouts' to assess the quality of a potential site for a hive. The insects then report back to the old hive and do a 'dance' to describe the benefits of the site. The study concluded that the swarm then comes to a group decision ...