I need two responses of at least 150 words each for the below students discussions for this week. Also in the bold below are the questions the students at answering.


– Watch the three TED talks on critically making decisions and choose one to analyze.

– Share your thoughts about the decision-making process described in your chosen TED. Explain why you think the talk is on target or why it is off base using specific examples from the video as proof.

– Describe decision-making situations, dilemmas, or questions that the TED talk brings to mind.

– Optional: Indicate how you might apply these decision-making strategies in your own life.

– While completing the forum consider the Week 2 trigger questions.

How do you make decisions?

What kinds of information do you need for critical thinking?

How do you know if you are getting good information?

What should you do with the information you gather?

How do intellectual standards relate to critical thinking?

What are the impacts of dysfunctional thinking?

What are key things to remember when making decisions?

TED Talks:

How to Make Hard Choices, Ruth Chang

Student one:

After watching Ruth Chang’s description of hard decision-making choices/options throughout her TEDTalk, I find that she perfectly encapsulates what I have always tried to convey about making hard decisions. Many of the points she made, were thoughts in my mind that I could never fully articulate myself. One thing I see many people struggle with is feeling like they are not intelligent enough to make a decision because it is hard or that they take the safest option because justifying taking the better option can be too difficult if the two different things are similar in nature or stature. This can severely hinder someone in the future with success, overall happiness, and professional growth. Chang (2014) explained this in depth in her struggle with becoming a lawyer over a philosopher.

I dealt with hard decisions in regards of what to do once I returned from my Air Force Technical Training. There were factors hindering my ability to go into the cyber field, intelligence, or continue in my comfort zone of working in food. There were various things keeping me from leaving my food position, I was in line for a substantial promotion, the company had goals for me, but it wasn’t the work I could see myself doing six months down the road. When debating whether to go into cyber or intelligence, the choice was hard. There were factors such as pay that I saw as an immediate relief once I was able to move forward with choosing a career path. Cyber and Intelligence were both equally good paths to take, this is a prime example of there being no best option, at the time. I had to take every facet of each job and compare them to each other and even work in fields related to both jobs in order to feel confident in my decision to pursue intelligence. In hindsight, I know I made the right decision for my current position and for the future.


Chang, Ruth. “How to Make Hard Choices.” TEDSalon NY2014 May 2014. Accessed 11 September, 2019.


Student two:

After reviewing Ruth’s speech, she hits on good topics and examples. Ruth talks about humans making hard decisions. I agree on what she says about there are three ways to manage our decisions Either greater than, less than, or equal to. Our minds are powerful, Ruth said “ our mines determine our next step in life whether good or hard”. In her video she compared eating a healthy cereal versus a delicious doughnut. Both have an equal value of eating breakfast, just different taste.

When deciding on moving away, the right job, or which socks to put on humans tend to overthink their decision making. It’s not hard to pick a choice, it’s the process when deciding to choose can be difficult. Picking A or B falls to comparing, comparison could change the value of A or B. Our choices as humans can make or break us, and the actions may have good or bad consequences.

1. I make a decision based on long term results.

2. This information can include communication, creativity, problem solving ext

3. When receiving that information I intend to look how it can benefit my life in a positive way

4. Ask for advice and then compare that person‘s decision versus my own.

5. Intellectual standards apply to thinking. Whenever it’s checking about a problem, situation, or issues. Thinking critically, these standards such as logic, are the ability to be in control of one’s thinking.

6. Dysfunctional thinking can be handled through emotions. Thinking through emotion can lead to bad decisions, then bad results

7. Identify, gather information, consequences, choice, evaluate