Summary: Thinking and deciding (Baron)

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1. Basics about thinking

Thinking is an important thing in the daily lives of human beings. Thinking affects the goals we choose, planning our lives and the decisions we make. We want to achieve good thinking and we also want others to achieve that. This can be seen as rational thinking. In this case, rational thinking doesn’t mean a kind of thinking that denies emotions and desires, but it means a kind of thinking we all want to do, if we were aware of our best interests and in order to achieve our goals. Everyone wants to do something that will help them achieve their goals. Goals are things you want to achieve and they are therefore the criteria by which you evaluate everything about your life.

There are three types of thinking: thinking about decisions, thinking about beliefs and thinking about our personal goals. We think when we are in doubt of these things and we will be better of later if we think well in these situations. Decisions can be seen as choices of action: what to do or what not to do. We make decisions to achieve goals and our decisions are based on beliefs about what actions will achieve the goals. Our decisions may also attempt to satisfy the goals of others as well as our own goals. Decisions can be about small matters, but also important matters. There are simple decisions containing one goal and there are complex decisions with more goals. Decisions depend on goals an beliefs. When people think about belief, they think to decide how strongly to believe

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