In praise of habits – so much more than mindless reflexes
A more pragmatic approach towards them might be needed. For many people in the UK, habits that have been cultivated during the pandemic are now being disrupted by the full lifting of restrictions and the return to the office. Many philosophers and cognitive scientists review habits responses to environmental cues that unfold outside of our deliberative control. Ian Robertson and Katsunori Miyahara argue that even our most mundane routines actually display a great deal of intelligence. Still, the complexity in this lies in the habits that work against them.