Can behaving irrationally ever be a rational thing to do? This week we are re-releasing a podcast based on the works of the late Derek Parfit, a philosopher who specialised in personal identity, rationality, and ethics, and who had just passed away when we recorded the episode in 2017.
We focus on dynamic decision problems, specifically how we make or should make decisions that will have an impact over time or have future consequences. In what situations should we take a rational or irrational approach when it comes to decision making and can we ever be truly irrational?
A few things we mentioned in this podcast:
Derek Parfit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Parfit
Dynamic Decision Problems https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dynamic-choice/
Richard Dawkins https://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-016-0910-7
The Prisoner’s Dilemma https://www.britannica.com/science/game-theory/The-prisoners-dilemma
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