Increase avalanche safety through philosophy | research

Dr. Philip Ebert is a Senior Philosophy Lecturer at Stirling and a qualified ski guide with many years of experience in the snow. His research on risk, rationality and reasoning has of course been intertwined with his passion for outdoor sports – where decisions in dangerous terrain can make the difference between life and death.

After his involvement in an avalanche accident in 2012, Dr. Ebert in more depth with the way people make decisions in outdoor sports. For example, he investigated how decision-making in an avalanche can lead to overconfidence. This can easily happen if a single decision maker misinterprets successful avalanche avoidance as a sign of competent decision-making.

More recently, Dr. Ebert identified a number of core lessons for decision-making in avalanche terrain that inspired fellow researchers at the world’s leading institute for snow and avalanche research in Switzerland to test and validate his theoretical lessons.

Since most skiers venture out into nature in groups, Dr. Finally, Ebert’s latest research on how groups can improve their decision-making by drawing on insights from social choice theory – a branch of philosophy, economics, and political theory that focuses on formal. concentrates theories of group decisions.

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