Feeling Smart: Why Our Emotions Are More Rational Than We Think

  • 12 June 2019
    4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Faculty of Arts, Arne Nováka 1, Classroom D22

Eyal Winter is the Andrews and Elizabeth Brunner Professor of Economics at the Lancaster University and the Silverzweig Professor of Economics at the Center of the Study of Rationality, Hebrew University. He specializes in Game Theory, Behavioral Economics, Decision Making. He was awarded the Humboldt Price for excellence in research in 2011. He is an elected council member of the International Game Theory Society, and an elected fellow of the Economic Theory Society. He held senior positions at the Washington University, the University of Manchester and the European University Institute.

Why do we have emotions? If they lead to such bad decisions, why hasn't evolution long since made emotions irrelevant?

The answer is that, even though they may not behave in a purely logical manner, our emotions frequently lead us to better, safer, more optimal outcomes. In fact, as Winter discovers, there is often logic in emotion, and emotion in logic.

Eyal Winter brings together game theory, evolution, and behavioral science to produce a surprising and very persuasive defense of how we think, even when we don't.

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