Making Assumptions, Taking Chances, …

“Don’t always consider all your options. Don’t necessarily go for the outcome that seems best every time. Make a mess on occasion. Travel light. Let things wait. Trust your instincts and don’t think too long. Relax. Toss a coin. Forgive, but don’t forget. To thine own self be true. Living by the wisdom of computer science doesn’t sound so bad after all. And unlike most advice, it’s backed up by proofs. […] Up against such hard cases, effective algorithms make assumptions, show a bias toward simpler solutions, trade off the costs of error against the costs of delay, and take chances. These aren’t the concessions we make when we can’t be rational. They’re what being rational means.”

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

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