A discussion with my 9-year-old had me stumped. The discussion was ‘what protective gear was absolutely necessary while skating’. We decided to use data to make a decision. We both climbed to different conclusions using the same data! I wondered if i had missed a step in the decision-making process? Turns out decision making does involve steps and missing a step can be injurious! Let us explore these steps in decision making called as ‘The ladder of inferences’ in this post. This will help us become aware of our assumptions and better at decision making.