Farsighted by Steven Johnson [7/10]

Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions that Matter the Most

What grabbed my attention most was Johnson circling back from bin Laden to the personal, pointing out towards the end of the book that “most of the important personal decisions we make in our lives do require some kind of full-spectrum deliberation,” that is, analysis involving highly complex variables with uncertain predictability. He concludes by examining his decision to move across the country and in the process taught me a lot about “how to take a complex, multivariable situation shaped by many ‘threadlike pressures’ and chart a path into the future.” I’m using his insights right now and I believe the plans I’m making are far more nuanced and solid than before reading “Farsighted.” Highly recommended.

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