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Revenge of the Black Swan: Complexity, Collapse, and How To Stop It

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:00pm

In an increasingly vulnerable and complex world where turbulence in the market, social unrest, and disruptions of the natural environment have become commonplace, there’s just no more room for poor policy decisions. Please join Nassim Taleb and Yaneer Bar-Yam for an intimate evening in which they share their thoughts on how to avoid the collapse of human civilization. Guests will be invited to engage in discussion with the speakers and will have the opportunity to network while enjoying a private cocktail reception.

About the Speakers

Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 20 years as a derivatives trader/risk taker before becoming a philosophical essayist and mathematical researcher in probability. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU's School of Engineering. His main subject matter is "decision making under opacity", that is, a map and a protocol on how we should live in a world we don't understand. He is also concerned with the properties of systems that can handle disorder ("antifragile").

Yaneer Bar-Yam is a complex systems scientist and president of the New England Complex Systems Institute. His recent work analyzes cascading risks in the global financial crises and networks of global dependence. He is the author of Making Things Work and Dynamics of Complex Systems, as well as articles applying complexity theory to organizational management, financial markets, social networks, military and ethnic conflicts, and other fields. Professor Bar-Yam has advised government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and corporations, and has been engaged in the education of complex systems concepts to academic, executive, and professional audiences with over 2,000 graduates of his courses nationally and internationally. 

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The New England Complex Systems Institute is a research and education institute based in Cambridge, MA. A pioneer in the field of complex systems science, NECSI addresses questions previously considered to be outside of the realm of scientific inquiry. Its research draws on foundations from mathematics, physics, and computer science to solve pressing problems in such areas such as economics, healthcare, education, military conflict, ethnic violence, and international development. Its goal is to expand the boundaries of knowledge and to solve problems of science and society.  www.necsi.edu

 

   

 

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