Is there a scientific method for an individual to use to make good personal decisions?

Recently, I made a bad decision, that seems to me, could have been avoided.This event in my life, only cost me about $300 and 24 hours of hard work. It raised my awareness of the mostly casual way I now make personal decisions. One home repair last year cost me $5000. I made a decision to do it, off the top of my head ,without any real decision making method used. I still do not know if there was a better/less expensive way to do the job. A long time ago, I made a series of personal decisions, with the most care possible, at the time. Cost = $250,000. The minimum amount, possibly much more in future income and related family and health problems. Now, we see that even our government is capable of huge mistakes, costing billions of dollars, and human life. If the government can't make good decisions, how does one person? I mean in everyday life, without many resources, other than intelligence and willingness to try. I would like to have proven, scientific methods. Do they exist for us?

Asked By: Dr No - 8/26/2006
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There's no scientifically identified methodology of effective thinking... More
Answered By: extton - 8/26/2006
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Yes, there is, and funnily enough it is called - ''The Scientific Method'' Check it out, google it or whatever
Answered By: Felix - 8/26/2006
I would say that in life the scientific method is never really enough, because we never really have enough information to prove that most of our decisions will definitively work for us. What we can do, is try to do a practical evaluation of the things that can go wrong in a situation. That way, we can figure out an... More
Answered By: Alex - 8/26/2006
I think doing a pro vs con decisions would be more useful, take some time and write out your thoughts should help make a decision. Using a scientific method approach requires you to make a thesis and do experiments and then make a decision on your conclusion. That is probably would take a longer time than you may want... More
Answered By: Minot_1997 - 8/26/2006
life is not pure science. because you have a freely independent operating brain you can't break your life down into a scientific method. humans have emotions that cannot be quantified by science and logic. life is trial and error. there are steps you can take to make better decisions. better planning, looking at... More
Answered By: carnaby_fudge - 8/26/2006
If you're talking about monetary decisions, make some lists, first, of your needs and wants; secondly, of your income. Research the costs of fulfilling all your needs and wants, and prioritize your expenditures according to which expenditures are most important. if the money won't stretch by any stretch of the... More
Answered By: John (Thurb) - 8/26/2006
they could exist... More
Answered By: sa l - 8/26/2006
"I made a decision to do it, off the top of my head ,without any real decision making method used. I still do not know if there was a better/less expensive way to do the job." The only science you need, it seems, is to THINK before you ACT. Engage your brain before your legs.
Answered By: sal_menella - 8/26/2006
Oh jeez. Think twice, I suppose. Honestly though, I use this thing to make many decisions, its so helpful.
Answered By: Joel - 8/27/2006
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