Our external worlds are inundated with information; also our inner worlds are awash in learned responses to the multitude of stimuli coming from outside and inside. Every instant of our lives we are compelled to behave in some way. Sometimes our actions are simply reflexes built into our animal bodies, and sometimes our actions are based on years of education and carefully refined risk analysis. At every moment our actions depend upon the situation, and we must decide what is to be ignored and what is actionable information. Part of our problem is seeing through camouflage to data, facts, to accurate information and then applying a wisdom that leads to right actions, but that specific actionable data is immersed in a universe of non-relevant noise. We must be ever-vigilant to survive in a world of disinformation. One place to begin is to understand that all information isn’t equally valid, and that some easily defined sources of information are more likely to be valid than others. How accurate must information be before we can act on it? The Trustworthiness of Information chart below can get us started.
Is it possible to create a chart of when to take action and when to restrain action, and what would be the operative criteria? Catastrophic risk, sustainable risk, negligible risk, big but rare events versus supreme rewards, permanent rewards, enduring rewards, important rewards, major improvements, important improvements, nice touches, barely perceptible change. Never take chances when there is information indicating there is little to gain and a minor error would be a game ender or lead to death. Take controllable risks where you can back out of action easily when oncoming disaster is easily foreseen. Freeze all motion when invisibility would be advantageous, but have a close-in action prepared.
Actionable information is that which enhances your overall survival and heritability.