Archive for July, 2008

Sat: The Black Swan or Black-Scholes - The Revolution in the Philosophy of

WHEN:
SATURDAY, August 16, 2008 7:00 PM

TITLE:
The Black Swan or Black-Scholes - The Revolution in the Philosophy of
Science and the Science of Philosophy

SPEAKER:
Gerry Smedinghoff

ABSTRACT:
The #1 Best Selling non-fiction book of 2007 was Nassim Taleb’s
The Black Swan, which undermines the primary advances in the economic,
political and social sciences of the 20th century. His thesis is that the
process of the advancement of knowledge, via the accumulation of data and
application of the scientific method, is rendered meaningless by
inexplicable and unpredictable events such as September 11th, 2001, stock
market crashes, and wars, which always start-out as small skirmishes, but
drag on for years or decades.

Gerry will define the Black Swan phenomenon, how it has undermined the main
intellectual achievements of the 20th century, and how to apply it to your
personal and professional philosophy, including your investments for
retirement.

OPTIONAL READING: Gerry’s book review
http://www.contingencies.org/mayjun08/swan.pdf, which provides a summary of
the book and its applications to actuarial science, Nassim Taleb’s home page
http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/, which provides links to several reviews
of the book and interviews with the author, and the book itself.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

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BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation.

Tues: Perennial Questions of Objectivism: Survival vs Flourishing

WHEN:
TUESDAY, August 5, 2008 6:30 PM

TOPIC:
Perennial Questions of Objectivism
Tape 3: Survival vs Flourishing
Audio Tape of David Kelley at the 2001 Summer Seminar
We will listen to and then discuss the tape.

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
From the time that Ayn Rand first set forth Objectivism as a philosophical
system, a small set of perennial questions have occupied the attention of
people with an intellectual interest in Objectivism. How is free will
compatible with the law of causality? Can all values be grounded in
survival-literal existence or non-existence-or must we introduce flourishing
as the ultimate moral goal? Is it possible to prove that it is always in our
interest to respect the rights of others? Such questions occupy the vast bulk
of discussion time on internet discussion lists, college bull sessions, and
other forums. In this six-unit course, David Kelley will discuss one question
per day. His goal is not to provide definitive answers, but to analyze why
these questions have proved so difficult for Objectivists. He will define the
issue, summarize arguments for the alternative views, and indicate what sort
of additional evidence or analysis would be required to resolve the issue.
Currently the executive director of the Center, Dr. Kelley has taught
philosophy at Vassar College and Brandeis University.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation.