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EDP369K May 6, 2010 Decision-Making Prior to viewing this TED talk, I knew that the brain interprets certain images in certain ways to help its owner understand what they are seeing, but I didn’t realize that it almost forces him or her to make inferences based on the visual cues that are untrue, unrealistic or just not acceptable. It is certainly an interesting topic to learn about, and I honestly wonder if some of the problems in world history have occurred based on mistakes made by the brain of important people due to the distorting of certain environmental cues. Dan Ariely is a very smart man with degrees from very prominent places in the world as we know it today. He clearly has a ton of experience with the geniuses of society and seems like a confident public speaker, but I honestly did not take a lot away from this presentation simply because it seems like mistakes made by the brain will be corrected over time. While some decisions are made in a split-second, that is never a good thing for a person to rely on because bad decisions are more likely to be made. I understand that that was a lot of the point he was trying to make, but reasonable people take enormous amounts of time to make career decisions or other choices that will seriously alter their lifestyles. His TED talk speaks about quick decisions, and I don’t think that’s relevant to a career planning class that involves serious consideration. Unfortunately, I’m not a huge believer in the presentation given by the first group. I get that it is possible to misunderstand visual cues from time to time, but I just don’t
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believe that straight lines being seen as curved ones helps me with anything career- related. While the presenter on video had very impressive qualifications including a great number of degrees that others could only dream to have, they do not satisfy me. He caught the class’s attention by pointing out some of the tricks our eyes play on us, but again I just don’t believe them to be relevant to career planning. Irrational decision-making is something that can’t be avoided, but it can be limited in certain situations. A possible solution to the problem of humans consistently making uninformed decisions is time. If we could somehow take additional time to understand the pro’s and con’s of each career-related decision we make, we can do a better job avoiding the temptation to jump to sweeter offers because they benefit us in the long run instead of being in our best interest. It certainly isn’t an easy thing to do when a huge pay increase or a major change in benefits comes across your desk, but that was the point of the presentation. Ariely did a successful job reminding listeners that quick decisions are a bad idea because of the consistent mistakes a person makes during processes that are not thought out. I do agree with this, but I just can’t see anyone making a quick and sloppy decision over something as important as a career in this world with the current economy. To
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