This is how your mind makes a decision for you

Information + Interpret + Analyze

This is how your mind makes a decision for you
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This is how your mind makes a decision for you:

Information + Interpret + Analyze

Here's how it works:


Incoming raw information has 3 parts:

Quantity + Quality + Comprehensiveness

  • Quantity = Total volume of incoming relevant data
  • Quality = Accuracy and precision of relevant data
  • Comprehensiveness = How many of the separate issues you're dealing with does the incoming data cover? For example, if you're dealing with 5 issues, does the data cover all 5 issues? Or just three?


Interpret = How you initially perceive the raw data and the subsequent meaning you assign to it

This has 3 parts:

Domain Knowledge + Adjacent Domains + Relevant Non-Related Domains

  • Domain Knowledge = Your existing topical knowledge relating to the raw data you're receiving
  • Adjacent Domains = Knowledge that touches the borders of (or even overlaps with) your domain knowledge
  • Relevant Non-related Domains = Non-adjacent areas of knowledge that you nevertheless are able to connect to the raw data based on your unique life or professional experiences

Your interpretations are shaped by how you see the world. And the way you see the world is shaped by what you know.


Analyze = What you decide to do with the data you interpreted in Step 2

This has 2 parts:

Fluid Intelligence + Accumulated Knowledge

  • Fluid Intelligence = Ability to solve novel problems without prior knowledge or experience with said problems. Also called "G-Factor" by scientists.
  • Accumulated Knowledge = Domain Knowledge + Adjacent Domains + Relevant Non-Related Domains. Also called "Crystallized Intelligence" by scientists.

In this Analysis stage, you take the meaning from the Interpretation stage and make actual decisions with it.

And yes, the 3 parts of Accumulated Knowledge are the same 3 parts in the Interpret stage.

That’s because you interpret and analyze with the same pool of knowledge you possess.

But what you DO  with that same pool of knowledge is different in the two stages.

In the Interpret stage, you assign meaning.

In the Analyze stage, you make real-world decisions based on that meaning.


Your mind makes all decisions using this 3-step process:

Incoming data + What meaning you assign to the data + What you decide to do in light of the meaning you gave it

In making any single decision, you may run through this 3-step loop multiple times.

More specifically, you will run through all 3 steps in your initial pass.

But subsequent passes may not involve any new incoming information and you will instead be toggling back and forth between interpretation and analysis.