Nov 13, 2019  
Rensselaer Catalog 2019-2020 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2019-2020

Extent and Limits of Rationality


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Humans can do, and have done, some really stupid things: People are not as rational as they would like to think and are subject to scores of cognitive and social biases. That said, however, people also have the power to correct for these, and to do good and constructive work. It is time to see how such cognitive and social powers can be harnessed for the good. How can critical thinking be used constructively? How can people learn from their past mistakes? How can social institutions and policies be set up to ensure that  wise decisions are made to create a world that lasts into the extended future?

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

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