We use the word “decision” to mean two very different things. If I say “I’ve decided that the moon is made of green cheese”, or “I’ve decided that the economy will deteriorate next year”, these statements aren’t necessarily about actions I’m going to take. If, instead, I say, “I’ve decided to go to go to graduate school” or “I’ve decided to institute a new policy”, that’s fundamentally different.
How? The first kind of decision leads to a fact, either well-supported or not. It is, essentially, using data and expertise, following its implications (deductively, inductively, or otherwise), and leading to a conclusion (which may have more or less justification: to fit this category it doesn’t have to be right). Continue reading