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Morning 02: Why we Do What we Do: Decision Making Processes and Emotional Facts

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Functioning democracies rely on fact- and evidence-based decision-making by elected officials, public administrations held accountable by citizens. However, the rise of social media and new possibilities of assessing, processing and communicating information, have transformed the rules of the democratic game. How we access information and how and to whom we process it further is strongly related to social, cultural and partisan factors. At the same time decision making is heavily biased by conscious and unconscious emotional processing.
This seminar will assess what we know about how decision-making functions and where and how emotional processing is relevant in this context. What is involved in individual decision-making, in terms of biology, psychology and ethics? What and who is considered ‘emotional’ and what are the implications for external recognition and acceptance? Are there stages of moral development which may restrict people’s freedom to choose or enable them to weigh conflicting goods freely and choose creatively in a given situation? Are there ‘non-emotional’ decisions? How are the decisions of mass-movements triggered? This seminar will combine knowledge transfer through lectures and discussions with opportunities for self-exploration and experimentation.

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kategorie: Alle Seminar Social


15:00 - 20:00Welcome of the Scholarship HoldersSocial


Afternoon Seminar 01: Collaboration Through the Power of MusicSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 02: Behaving TruthfullySeminar
Afternoon Seminar 03: Walking a MileSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 04: Addicted to StorySeminar
Afternoon Seminar 05: Creative Writing. The Art of Telling the TruthSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 06: ‘Closing the Gap’ – Forum and Legislative TheatreSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 07: Standing AirwavesSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 08: Finding Home and Being Moved in a Complex WorldSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 09: Shaping the SoundSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 10: Practising for Peace – a Dojo for Warriors of the HeartSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 11: Participatory Leadership – a Practice of Leading by Dialogue and Co-CreationSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 12: Challenging LeadershipSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 13: Design Challenge for Alpbach Learning MissionsSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 14: Visual Reflection and Communication for Co-CreationSeminar
Afternoon Seminar 15: Fake or Fact? Fundamentals of Truth and KnowledgeSeminar


Morning Seminar 01: Leading a Good Life in the 21st CenturySeminar
Morning Seminar 02: Why we Do What we Do: Decision Making Processes and Emotional FactsSeminar
Morning Seminar 03: What is Understanding? In AI and BiologySeminar
Morning Seminar 04: Gender Matters – Gendering AlpbachSeminar
Morning Seminar 05: Strengthening Democracy and the Rule of Law: The Role of Civil-SocietySeminar
Morning Seminar 06: Climate Crisis, Human Rights and MobilitySeminar
Morning Seminar 07: Fundamentals and Vocabularies of the AnthropoceneSeminar
Morning Seminar 08: Transformative Power of ArtSeminar
Morning Seminar 09: Continental Hurdles? Africa’s Demographic and Economic Future ChallengesSeminar
Morning Seminar 10: The Global Economic BattlegroundSeminar
Morning Seminar 11: The Future of Energy: The Many Who’s and How’s (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Morning Seminar 12: Urban Fundamentals (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Morning Seminar 13: Healthy Communities (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Morning Seminar 14: Water – Caring about the Future (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Morning Seminar 15: To Have or to Be? Redefining Prosperity and Well-Being (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar