A couple of weeks ago, I was supposed to be a live commentator for the World Science Festival panel "The Illusion of Certainty: Risk, Probability, and Chance." Ironically, there were technical issues and the event got rescheduled. Today, we're giving it another go. Starting at 2:00 Eastern today, you can join mathematician Amir Aczel and me in the chat room while we watch the panel (recorded June 2nd) together. We'll add commentary. We'll try to answer your questions. In general, we'll turn a video into a conversation. Hope you can join us!
Stuff happens. The weather forecast says it's sunny, but you just got drenched. You got a flu shot--but you're sick in bed with the flu. Your best friend from Boston met your other best friend from San Francisco. Coincidentally. What are the odds? Risk, probability, chance, coincidence--they play a significant role in the way we make decisions about health, education, relationships, and money. But where does this data come from and what does it really mean? How does the brain find patterns and where can these patterns take us? When should we ditch the data and go with our gut? Join us in a captivating discussion that will demystify the chancy side of life.
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.