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Bright Thinking* :
the lottery of life (Luck)

*Warning: thinking is dangerous

Bright Thinking* is a monthly discussion in the style of the French Café philosophique (“cafe-philo”) started by Marc Sautet in Paris.

The topic this month is“the lottery of life” (Luck)

“Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish.”
– Ovid

“Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember that it didn’t work for the rabbit.”
– R.E. Shay.

What role does luck play in our lives?
What are the odds of dying in a plane accident, choking on a piece of meat, writing the great novel, being born in the first place?
What influence does the time when and place where you’re born have on your chances in life?
Do we live in a meritocracy and if so, what does that imply if we don’t succeed?
What drives people to gamble, and why do people think they’ll ‘get lucky’?
What sort of language do we use around luck, chance, fate, fortune, and risk – and why?
Can you increase your chance of being ‘lucky’ by increasing your “luck surface area”?
How has superstition driven human behaviour over the millennia?
Is ‘success’ nothing more than sheer luck?

Panelists include infectious diseases specialist Dr Samuel Maloney, academic Dr Kerry Howells from UTAS, and Zan Boag from New Philosopher.

Drinks and nibbles available to purchase at the bar.

This is a FREE EVENT, but please registeONLINE HERE to secure your seat.

Thursday 15 March 2018, 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Door open @ 6:45pm / Start 7:00pm

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Presented by Island magazine, New Philosopher magazine, Poet, Salamanca Arts Centre and Womankind magazine.


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