Weekend Update

November 21st, 2009 by Potato

Well, I just had one of the best curling games of my career today. Man, if I could curl that well all the time I could go competitive… unfortunately, I’m usually just the wrong side of average, so I have no idea where today’s awesomeness came from. Anyway, a nice start to the weekend.

A thought worth repeating:

In the comments to his weekly wrap-up post, Michael James says “Actually, the ultimate barometer of the correctness of a decision is whether it would be right to make the same decision if the same situation comes up again.”

Enjoy what may be the last snow-free weekend in Southern Ontario!

2 Responses to “Weekend Update”

  1. Michael James Says:

    Sadly, most people seem to believe that the way to judge a decision is by ultimate result. I’m not sure it’s possible to change anyone’s mind on this point.

  2. Potato Says:

    Yes. I also like this turn of phrase from John Hempton: “[In many cases,] the processes are as important as the outcome. Indeed, they are more important.”

    So much of our ordinary experience is with deterministic events that we tend to conflate the idea of action/choice and outcome, but when you have to deal with uncertain situations and elements of chance/randomness, you can sometimes make the wrong move yet still get the desired outcome (and vice-versa).