Recipe for slightly burned decisions

28 Jan, 2009
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This recipe describes the process of baking marvellous, slightly burned decisions. If you’re looking for the well-done version of decisions, I would suggest altering this recipe by adding things like “necessity”, “timing”, “context” and “feeling” or taking another recipe on the subject.


  • The need to make a decision, as a rule of selection; the more impact the better
  • Information that are complete and based on objective information
  • The risk of making the wrong decision and potential consequences
  • 1 random deadline
  • 1 or more humans


  1. Take the human and make sure that the human will do its utter best to avoid pain in any form. Pain could include, not limiting to; physical pain, cold, grief, discomfort and so forth.[1]
  2. After asserting that the human wants to avoid pain, make sure the wiring in the brain is working correctly and that it adjusts all external information it processes with memories, experiences and expectations based on fore mentioned.[2]
  3. Realize that this recipe is based on generalized observations on various humans in various positions and that there are always examples to contradict the rule.


  1. Take the need to make a decision and add it to the human
  2. Stir gently so the need is fully absorbed by the human
  3. Let the human rest for the period of time you think it needs to retrieve all information that influences the subject of the decision.[3]
  4. After the human thinks it’s done, add the risk of making the wrong decision and the potential consequences. There is only a need to shake gently since the ingredient is usually quite quickly absorbed by the human.
  5. Repeat step 3 after the brief moment of panic in the human has passed. This should trigger the urge you asserted in preparation step 1.
  6. Explain the human the assertion you made in preparation step 2 and wait for 2 seconds.
  7. Repeat step 3 after the second moment of panic in the human has passed.
  8. Grab some popcorn and a coke and add the deadline to the human.
  9. Again, repeat step 3 after the third moment of panic in the human has passed.
  10. Listen to the decision of the human, at, or just over, the time of the deadline.
  11. Ask the human to evaluate the context in which it made the decision, specifically why the specific decision has been made and how complete and objective the information was.
  12. Serve the slightly-burned decision with the evaluation outcome on a warmed plate. A stronger wine, such as a crianza is a good complementary wine choice.

While this “recipe” may sound negative, it is not; it is part of how we (humans) work and it influences every decision we make, big and small. The fact is, the process of making a decission is influenced by internal influences that can overrule the external influences without people realizing it.
This is not a bad thing, as long as you are aware of their existence and accept the fact that it is the case, whether you want to or not.
More on decisions at a later date.

[1] It is said that avoiding pain has something to do with the primal urge of wanting to survive or something.. Easy ways to test this inherent urge can include fire and sharp objects.
[2] Numerous researches on this subject are widely available and certain entertainers have made a profession out the fact, calling it illusion.
[3] While it’s fully acceptable to go do something else, this can be quite interesting to watch.


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