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The philosophy of bad habits

2:00pm-3:00pm on Saturday 16 March

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Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT

We all struggle with bad habits in our life, but why do we have them, how do we overcome them and what does it reveal about our human predicament?

Our tendency to act against our better judgement is detrimental to both our personal happiness and health, as well as to our collective effort to solve the major problems of our time, – climate procrastination is at the centre of the current climate crisis, according to the UN climate panel.

Philosopher Henrik Schøneberg talks about what philosophers since ancient times have said about this great puzzle of existence. With the help of modern psychology and neuroscience, a more comprehensive understanding emerges that can help us to stop bad habits, and also to be more compassionate towards ourselves and each other when we struggle to live in accordance with our better judgement.

Henrik is a philosopher from Copenhagen, Denmark, who specialises in the human mind and our ability to think and act well. He regularly takes part in the Cambridge Festival, with talks on topics such as individual consciousness, collective consciousness, artificial intelligence and why music moves us. Henrik has published articles in well-established and widely read magazines of ideas, such as Wired, New Humanist and Philosophy Now. His article entitled Bad Arguments That Make You Smarter on the topic of logical fallacies became one of the most widely read in Philosophy Now.

Additionally, Henrik is the founder of Thales Day – an annual celebration of the tradition of philosophy and science with an outset in its ancient Greek origin that is designed to strengthen critical thinking and stimulate intellectual debate.

Booking/Registration is: RECOMMENDED

Additional Information

Age: Young Adults 12 – 18, Adults
Format: Talk
Timing: In person
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 400
Theme: Society
Accessibility: Full access, Accessible toilet

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