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Friday 4 September 2020

14:00

Cass Sunstein, Professor at Harvard Law School

Too much information: understanding what you don’t want to know

Diana Fox Carney and Cass Sunstein will be exploring the role that information plays in our lives and well-being: how it can make us both happy and miserable – and why we sometimes avoid it but other times seek it out.

Policymakers typically emphasise “the right to know,” but Cass Sunstein takes a different perspective, arguing for a much more nuanced and parsimonious approach in his latest book, Too Much Information: Understanding what you don’t want to know. 

Cass R. Sunstein

Cass Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration.

He was the recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize, one of the largest annual international research prizes awarded to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law, or theology. He is the author of The Cost-Benefit Revolution, How Change Happens, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler), and several other books.

"Once again Cass Sunstein shows that evaluating policy questions with evidence and rigor not only leads to better governance but can be intellectually exhilarating.”

Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University