Decision Making Information

Information, information everywhere...

We understand that in decision making information is all important. But we treat it differently as adults than we did as children.

Remember the game of Chinese Whispers? As a child you whispered into your neighbor's ear and then they whispered to the next in line and so on to the end. The final message is usually very different to the original. And we played it again and again to amuse ourselves, each time the message being garbled or funny, and constantly changing.

Later in life, we reify information, we give it life, treat it as an entity, transmit it as bits and bytes across huge distances and expect it to arrive unchanged.

This idea is so ubiquitous that we even measure the capacity of computer hard drives and the conductivity of transmission lines by the amount of information it can hold.

Information technology aims for the rapid, back and forth movement of information virgin-like through the system while ignoring the content, character and behavior of information.

Information and matter

Buckminster Fuller described us as "pattern integrities" and explained it by suggesting that you consider a length of catgut tied to a piece of string and then tied to a length of rope.

If you tie a loose knot in the catgut and then begin to slide the knot along until it moves onto the string and then onto the rope. It is obvious that the knot persists but what the knot is made of changes.

In the same way, we exist and the cells of our bodies change with time depending on what we eat, how we breathe, the shedding of our skin cells and so on.

Scientists are asking whether we are physical organisms that process information, or immaterial information that organizes the flow of material into a particular form. It has been suggested that any point of the bodymind is comprised of information interacting with matter. And this relationship changes because of our decision making.

Some consider that information has a longer life than the solid matter it is associated with. A cell is simply a memory that has organized matter into a particular form around itself. Your body is just the place your memory calls home. With every process of decision making information is reorganized and the system changes.

Information and decision making

Information is interesting in its ability to generate itself. It has been called the solar energy of organization, inexhaustible, with new offspring at every interpretation. As long as there is communication across contexts, fertility overflows. When information is free to circulate and choose new partners, it gives birth to new information.

Oftentimes, this is prevented because too much loose information is considered dangerous, a threat to the status quo. We try to prevent newness so as to maintain control. But such a system winds down and develops more entropy, i.e., it dies!

The source of life is new decision making information, coursing through the system, generating new structures and creating order from chaos, an order that we do not impose, but rather David Bohm's 'Implicate order', giving rise to the unbroken wholeness of the universe.

The meaning

So each of us within this universe is organizing around certain information, and when we give the information meaning, we call it a story. Not all information constitutes a story. A telephone book has lots of information, a very strong cast but is a bit lacking in narrative! A story conveys information but more importantly what counts in a story is its meaning.

Your own decision making information

So what story are you organizing around? And how do you know it is the most appropriate one for you?

When people say that life is an uphill struggle, that's a story. When they say life is a party, that's a story.

We don't teach our children rationally. We fill their heads with mystical and fantastic stuff about wise owls and sly foxes and frightened chickens and other animals that talk and represent different types of human beings. And this occurs in human cultures the world over.

We use stories to build our bodyminds and use our bodyminds to tell ourselves, and others, stories.

When we look back on our lives we can often notice patterns of events, behaviors and occurrences. These are the results of our decision making, although it's often not exactly how we want our lives to be!

This represents the story we live most of the time. And it shows up everywhere in the system, whether it's doing the accounting at home, or the business financial management stuff, talking to a co-worker or to your kids.

Why a decision maker needs good information

There will also be a pattern present that occurs when we are being ourselves in our best moments... those times in our lives when we are magnificent... our brilliance shining through regardless of situation or context... we are attuned to who we are as separate individuals... and it allows us to engage others in personal and intimate ways... easily and effectively... we have access to different decision making information...

In these moments, when every cell is alive and moving as one, when you know that each step you take is the right one, and you know that this is the story of your own life, what is the specific decision making information that lets you know that all this is true?

What would it be like for you to have the skills to filter the incoming decision making information so that it allows your story to enfold you, while who you are becoming unfolds?

And from here, how do you send out the information into the world that is your resonant signature, so that when it comes back it is amplified, giving you more clarity about the direction to take that will give you the experiences you most desire?

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