It’s the age of data-driven analysis, neural networks and machine learning. If you need to make a decision, tossing a coin or going with your gut seems irresponsible – even downright negligent. So why does a brief review of world cultures reveal that many of them happily allowed a healthy dollop of chaos into their decision-making processes? Even if you have little respect for ancestral traditions, you have to admit that it’d be unlikely for so many cultures to come to this practice if it didn’t work at all. getAbstract recommends Michael Schulson’s thought-provoking article to people who could use a little relief from the near-constant burden of rational decision making.
In this summary, you will learn
- How past cultures have used random chance to make decisions,
- Why employing lotteries can reduce prejudice, and
- What benefits emerge when decision makers allow an element of chance into their processes.
About the Author
Michael Schulson is a freelance writer and associate editor at Religion Dispatches magazine.
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