We have many, many, many cognitive biases. Thought experiments can illustrate to us our cognitive preference for the status quo. The status quo bias can be detected in many ways. It is interesting from a psychological perspective, but also from a political perspective, as it explains society’s conservative nature.
Nick Bostrom on the status quo bias, Philosophy Bites
14 May 2012
Do we want things to remain the same, and does that stop us making rational judgements in the area of cognitive enhancement? Nick Bostrom discusses these questions with Nigel Warburton. This episode was made as part of Bioethics Bites in association with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and made possible by a grant from the Wellcome Trust.Nick Bostrom on the status quo bias, Philosophy Bites