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Monday, April 24, 2017

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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, April 24, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

We continue to read and discuss one of the foundational texts of ancient Stoicism, The Manual of Epictetus. Written by Arrian of Nicomedia, one of Epictetus' students, it is a short summary of fundamental Stoic ideas about how to live a good life.

    I will be using the modern translation by Robin Hard, available here. But there are many good ones that are freely available on the internet, for instance the one by Thomas Wentworth Higginson

     
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Adler Study - Room 514
    Speaking of Science: Bayes Theorem and Its Relevance to Skepticism
    Speaking of Science: Bayes Theorem and Its Relevance to Skepticism
    Monday, April 24, 2017 -
    6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Adler Study - Room 514

    With Chris Everett

    In 1763, the Reverend Thomas Bayes published “An Essay towards solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances,” containing what is now known as Bayes’ theorem. Bayes’ theorem remained relatively obscure for two centuries, but has since come to the forefront of statistical inference. Bayes’ simple but powerful theorem is notable for its subjectivist interpretation of probability, providing a mathematically rigorous framework for incorporating objective data into our otherwise subjective beliefs. Chris Everett will present a simple derivation of this important theorem and discuss some of its implications for everyday critical thinking and skepticism.

    Chris Everett is a safety and risk analyst with thirty years experience in the areas of space systems safety, nuclear weapons safety, and missile defense lethality analysis. He currently manages the New York office of Information Systems Laboratories (ISL), where he supports NASA in the development of safety management processes and directives, the conduct of safety analyses, and the development of safety analysis software tools. Chris is a member of the New York Society for Ethical Culture and, with his wife Beth, runs the Society’s monthly Ethics in Film series.