Status Quo Bias, Authenticity, and the Ethics of Eating
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:30pm

Join the Philosophy Department's Socratic Society for a talk by Mylan Engel, a professor of philosophy at Northern Illinois University.

"Status Quo Bias, Authenticity, and the Ethics of Eating": Status quo bias—an irrational cognitive bias in favor of the status quo—often leads us to make suboptimal decisions and to engage in suboptimal behaviors. After highlighting evidence of the prevalent role that status quo bias plays in many of our ordinary decisions, I will illustrate how the principal known causes of status quo bias often lead us to make inauthentic, suboptimal food choices. I will conclude by offering a method for overcoming status quo bias that can help us autonomously align our dietary practices with our fundamental values so as to live more authentic and more ethical lives.

Thursday, Oct. 24 | 4:30 p.m.

Urban Center, 212 Parsons Gallery