Be they small or big, simple or complex, we are constantly making decisions every waking hour of our lives. But are our decisions rational or irrational? Are they always made in our best interests? In this course, at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive psychology, and economics, we will explore the current "Debate on Rationality"; that is, how much irrationality to attribute to human cognition? We discuss various theories explaining how we make decisions and why some turn out to be desirable and others undesirable. And, of course, the great question: Are we rational? Texts we will use and discuss include Gerd Gigerenzer's Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions (Penguin) and Keith E. Stanovich's Decision Making and Rationality in the Modern World (Oxford).
910.871.01 via Zoom.
Wednesday, March 17 to April 21; 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $158 (six sessions).
JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition remission; spouse for 50%. Unfortunately, you cannot register online and receive the discount. For registration information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.