Lara Buchak

When: Sun., Feb. 16, 3 p.m. 2014

We do it all the time: Decide to (or to not to) jaywalk, eat raw fish, invest our money, smoke a cigarette, have sex, take a vacation. We’re so well practiced at taking risks, big and small, that the mechanics of pro and con, cost and benefit are basically second nature. Not for UC Berkeley philosophy professor Lara Buchak, whose book, Risk and Rationality, plumbs economic and philosophical research into the many reasons we take risks, ultimately concluding that none of us are as rational as we’d like to think. Hear her speak at the Marsh Berkeley (2120 Allston Way, Berkeley) as part of a live recording of the public radio program Philosophy Talk; we’ll leave it up to you to decide whether to go for sushi after.

Ellen Cushing

Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

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