Friday, March 28, 2014

Decision making part 4: maths and statistics in everyday life

Decision leads to actions.

"I decide to travel without seat belt while traveling in a car"

 Leads to

"I travel in a car without wearing a seat belt "

Hence understanding and helping decision making would help in guiding to get the appropriate action.


  But this is not that simple

Reason is that we do not always act after decision making

For eg we may act without thinking.

Like throwing the banana skin on to the path rather than bin may be by reflex action.

This may be due to the fact that learning process of the action is due to the behavior one has acquired with the past experiences.

i.e  "He or she has always seen people throwing banana skin wayward without looking for the bin."

" never worn a seat belt while traveling in a car"

As you can see, in both of the above instances the action was not preceded with conscious decision making process.

Hence one should not jump to condemning ones actions as these could not have been his or decisions.

We often have to start looking into the behavior of the person which led to the decision making and or actions

For example, if people evade wearing helmet when riding a bike, it is the behaviour which is in question rather than the action itself. That is why punishing alone for not wearing helmet is not often effective.

One has to combine the law with modification of the behavior which leads to the person "evading helmet wearing."

In the examples above, the seat belt wearing and throwing the skin of the banana on to a path, were actions due to the past experiences, observing others' behaviors since childhood in the society one is brought up!

I will continue the blog theme with the understanding that the person who is willing to change, i.e he is prepared to change his behavior.

This is essential for change in ones actions.

(Note: My current  blog theme is not on Methods of changes in behavior itself as this needs to be discussed in detail separately)

For those who are prepared to change, wait for my next blog to go into the decision making tools.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

decision making part 3: maths and statistics for every day life

Decisions of us affect others

In turn affects us

Hence one should take extra caution when decisions are made even when not affecting us


Suppose you are a sincere law abiding tax payer of the country.

You throw the banana skin after eating the banana carelessly on the road. One poor person falls and sustains injury and gets treatment at a government hospital.

Quite a few of so called educated and well to do persons do not care for the cleanliness of the communal areas they visit.

This increases the incidence of diseases in the community at large.

This increases the government spending on health indirectly causing the government to increase the taxes in general.

You end up paying taxes higher than you were paying in the past.

Hope this makes sense so far

Warm regards


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"decision making" . maths and statistics in our life part 2

Decision making of one becomes an issue for the other

It is logical and well known fact but do we really understand?

for example at home , if i decide to eat too much and be unhealthy, it affects me. only me?

no,  it also affects the people you love, since they are going to pick up the repercussions, agreed?

an example at work,  if one does the job very well at work, it impacts so many people who are receiving the fruitfulness of your work, agreed?

for instance in the community,  if one keeps the environment tidy and neat, it affects the health of others in a positive way, agreed?

when we are in our holiday, if we throw the banana skin carelessly, somebody else may trip over and get hurt, agreed?

one might say that these are well known facts. what is new?

decisions which affect others 

rather than us 

in turn affects us

how????????  wait for my next blog

only when you understand then we can move on to decision making and the tools one should rely for decision making

warm regards


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"decision making" . maths and statistics in our life part 1


in life we always make decisions

where does one make decisions 

in your home

in your work place

in the society and communal areas you live in

during your travel and outside the normal living areas

how do we make decisions

one does not decide prior to action, but simply executes

somebody else make them for us

we follow our intuition

we analyse the pros and cons 

Why one individual decision making becomes an issue for another

let us look into these in detail next

warn regards


Monday, March 3, 2014

money and good attitude, the common inverse relationship

I was speaking to a doctor who treats lots of patients with depression.

She says that often people who have money do not have the good attitude towards fellow human beings including friends and families


those who have good attitude often do not have money!

both makes one depressed

This does not have to be the dictum and 

let us change it,

hopefully when people with money show good attitude

and which in turn

would get people with good attitude to have more money

hope it makes sense

warm regards


Monday, February 24, 2014

the second quality one aspires to have, after Humility

in my last blog, we touched on humility

the only other quality if we want to keep things simple to aspire for is


there are various theories on the origin of this word thank

simplest of all is

"to think= thank" or thought or thoughtfulness

think of others who are part of your life and say thank you.

“God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?”

William Arthur Ward

who is this man William Arthur Ward?


best wishes


Friday, February 21, 2014

humility, what does it take to be humble!

When one sees death up and close and personal, it is humbling

when one understands that we are merely mortal, then you become humble

when one understands that we are no body when facing the nature which is not nice to you such as a tsunami

then you understand that the humility is one of the two essential qualities of people who are considered to be great

i will share the next quality

in my next blog

warm regards

S Chockalingam