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Status Quo Bias

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Duration: 0:19:17 | Added: 01 Aug 2011
Suppose a genetic engineering breakthrough made it simple, safe and cheap to increase people's intelligence.

Nonetheless, if you asked the averagely-intelligent person on the Clapham Omnibus whether we should tamper with our genes to boost our brains, he or she might recoil at the notion. Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, suspects that this reaction may be a result of what he calls 'status-quo bias'.

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