Informed Decision Making

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Informed Decision Making
What To Do With a Body of Knowledge


“ A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him” — Douglas Brinkley, historian and biographer

There are a number of ways you can progress with a “body of knowledge.”
Take it and use it the way it exists, and in ways that can be helpful.
Come up with a new way of thinking about it. eg. we have information on the coronavirus, but we have never had COVID-19 before, so we must create new ways of dealing with the research involved.
We can extrapolate, building on the knowledge we already have to come up with other methods of handling the problem.
We can debate the knowledge that we already have, coming up with a completely different idea. This may not apply to coronavirus but could apply to societal customs or opinion.
Taking just a minute slice of knowledge, for example, our studies of the “ice age”, could cover just one species of mammoths. This type of experience could lead to a more detailed study and leading to a better understanding of that species in particular.
We could “set boundaries” as to the just what aspects of the subject we will be studying. This could involve financial restrictions, time-line, or other factors that might be in play.
Pulling from a variety of resources, or extra manpower might need to be involved. This could lengthen, or shorten the timeline.
You could specialize in an area of that knowledge, and work to clarify the information or build on it. This could apply to medicine, history, and many other fields of study.

More than one aspect may come into play when you make the decision of which method you want to use to solve the problem. This judgment depends on the questions that might make a new approach necessary. These are new ways of probing decision-making by considering your end goal and what you want to achieve.


Submitted: June 16, 2020

© Copyright 2021 Shirley M. Langton. All rights reserved.

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