It is possible to be extremely astute about how you manage difficult decisions. 
 With just a few mental tools you get a double benefit: 1) better outcomes; 2) 
release from agonizing about the decision process.

Many mental tools—algorithms—that have been developed with obligatory clarity 
for computers turn out to have ready application for humans facing such 
problems as: 
when to stop hunting for an apartment or lover; 
how much novelty to seek; 
how to get rid of the right stuff; 
how to allot scarce time; 
how to consider the future; 
when to relax constraints; 
how to give chance a chance; 
how to recognize when you’re playing the wrong game; and 
how to make decisions easier for others (“computational kindness”)

Brian Christian, the co-author of Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science 
of Human Decisions, lives in San Francisco, deploying his degrees in 
philosophy, computer science, and poetry.

"Algorithms to Live By," Brian Christian, SFJAZZ Center, Hayes Valley, San 
Francisco, 7pm, Monday June 20.  The show starts promptly at 7:30pm.

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