One implication of our limited consciousness is that our brains rely substantially on emotion in making decisions. Kathryn Goetzke’s recent post at PsychCentral provides a simple tool that builds on this insight. You should take a look: it’s easy, since it involves flipping a coin (with an important twist).  I won’t copy what she wrote:  follow the link above and you will see what I mean.

Although we pretend to make decisions using our reason, our rationales are often merely subconscious justifications for what our subconscious is telling us.  I’ve touched upon this before, both in talking about brain research into consciousness and about various challenges faced by our brains.

So how do we make our emotional inclinations more obvious? Relying on information she learned from a seminar with Alan Cohen, Goetzke suggests using a coin flip — again, modified as she describes — to tease out those emotional responses.  Nice, elegant, and intuitively powerful.  Try it and let me know what you think.