Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 20 years as a derivatives trader/ risk taker before becoming a researcher in practical, mathematical and philosophical problems in probability. He is the author of a multi-volume philosophical essay, the Incerto (The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, and Antifragile). He has also published more than 45 scholarly papers in statistical physics, statistics, philosophy, ethics, economics, international affairs and quantitative finance, all around the notion of risk and probability.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses complexity theory, how small intolerant minorities can determine general outcomes, why Europe is eating Halal, why GMOs will soon be history, why behavioural science may never allow us to understand economics and markets and why ethics may result from the behaviour of a small minority not the preferences of populations.
Some of the brightest and best of the Kilkenomics lineup convene for the final show of the festival to gaze into their tea leaves and crystal balls and conjure up some predictions for how the economic world will unfold in 2017 and beyond. Don’t miss this block-buster finale to the weekend.
We all think we know public people from their public profiles – the biographies on their websites or dust-jackets of their latest books – and we see and hear them talk about their professional insights and public lives. Rarely, though, do we get to know the real people behind the potted bio. Dermot Whelan chats […]
Since the dawn of time, we seem to have been perpetually engaged in a race to develop technology that can either speed up or slow down progression toward the inevitable extinction of the human species. We’ve developed renewable energy to replace the carbon-based power that will eventually make the earth uninhabitable for humans; invented drones […]
We’ve just been through one of the biggest financial disasters since 1929 and yet economics teachers seem not to have noticed! Just how far can economics be called a science and how can we get beyond abstract graphs and curves to show how it’s about everyday life. Some of the world’s leading economists discuss how […]