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Justin Rowlatt asks philosopher of randomness Nassim Nicholas Taleb about risk in economics and in life. Are we aware how much impact unpredictable events have on our lives?

Do you underestimate the risk you are under? Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ideas on probability and risk challenge assumptions made by markets and mathematicians all of over the world. His ideas on our blindness to the impact of improbable events have lead him to be described as a ‘super hero of the mind’ and ‘the hottest thinker in the world'. He is the author of the mega-selling books on randomness and the impact of the improbable on life and on economics - Black Swan and Anti-Fragile. His official title is Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University and he continually ranks as one of the most influential people on the planet. He joins Justin Rowlatt and an audience at the Grand Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne in Paris for a special event, staged in partnership with Paris Dauphine University.

(Photo: Nassim Nicholas Taleb (left) and Justin Rowlatt)

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  • Sat 11 Jan 2014 19:06GMT
  • Sun 12 Jan 2014 12:06GMT