SurveyYou have examples of small things that people have said or done in your past that still influence your decision making today.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2009-07-21 at 15:40:16   (8 comments)

On 2009-07-21 at 15:43:32, Lee J Haywood wrote...
One of my examples is from when a teacher bet a couple of classmates that he had bought a particular sports car, in spite of his salary, and would bring it in the next day. They lost the bet and ended up having to clean out the store room, whereas I didn't bet at all. I took away the lesson that it's better to make only a bet where you're certain that you will win and can be better off not betting at all in many cases. I am, however, somewhat risk averse now as a result.
On 2009-07-23 at 02:24:30, BorgClown wrote...
Mmmh, I remember a similar topic here, but couldn't find it. It must have been that other site.
On 2009-07-23 at 02:28:12, BorgClown wrote...
Your comment about not using hot water to wash your hands, it happens that legionary disease's bacteria reproduces easily inside water heaters. The only way to avoid it is letting run a significant amount of hot water, like in showering, or using cold water.
On 2009-07-23 at 02:32:13, BorgClown wrote...
Well, my small thing of the past is this: When I was a little kid, I tried to grab a twisted cotton chord out of the ground, but it turned to be a little rattle snake. It tried to bite me but didn't manage to. To date, I still have to force myself to overcome my irrational fear of snakes, for example, when visiting a zoo. I suppose I'll keep that little phobia for life.
On 2009-07-23 at 08:35:02, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Shower heads supposedly harbour vast amounts of bacteria (which is kind of obvious) but we don't really concern ourselves with it much. I guess the flip side of phobias is aversion to certain foods. When I was young I dropped a certain breakfast cereal on the ground outside and wouldn't touch the stuff after that. But this topic is more about why you make the decisions that you do, rather than the way you are. It's actually tough to think of specific examples, even though I'm sort of aware of them on an ongoing basis.
On 2009-07-23 at 09:23:46, Thelevellers wrote...
I agree Lee, I'm sure there are some, but I can't think of any at the moment... I could possibly claim reading 'The Blind Watchmaker', but I don't think that's what you mean! :)
On 2009-07-24 at 01:13:01, BorgClown wrote...
Proverbs are also a big influence. How many times do you recall making decisions based on what an old proverb says?
On 2009-07-25 at 18:04:02, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Old-wives' tales are usually very misleading or plain wrong, and I think you can usually spot that they're non-scientific straight away. But lots of 'facts' circulate around without much evidence to back them up, even though everyone knows them.