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Rethinking Risk: when biology meets finance

CPNSS LSE Literary Festival event

Date: Thursday 28 February 2013 
Time: 5.15-6.45pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: John Coates, Dylan Evans
Chair: Paul Ormerod

Homo economicus is dead! Long live, instead, the scientific understanding of how errors cloud thinking and physiology distorts emotions. These exciting new insights can improve all our decision-making, from markets to mating.

John Coates is senior research fellow in neuroscience and finance at the University of Cambridge. He previously worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs, and ran a trading desk for Deutsche Bank. In 2004 he returned to Cambridge to research the biology of financial risk-taking. His work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Financial Times and been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, New Scientist, Wired and Time.  He is author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: risk-taking, gut feelings and the biology of boom and bust.

Dylan Evans is the founder of Projection Point, the global leader in risk intelligence solutions. He has written several popular books, including Risk Intelligence: How to Live with Uncertainty, and Emotion: The Science of Sentiment. He received a PhD in Philosophy from LSE in 2000, and has held academic appointments at various universities, including King's College London, the University of Bath, and the American University of Beirut. He is a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association.

Paul Ormerod is an economist, author and entrepreneur whose books include The Death of Economics, Butterfly Economics, Why Most Things Fail and most recently Positive Linking: How Networks can Revolutionise the World. He studied economics at Cambridge and his career has spanned the academic and practical business worlds, including working at the Economist and as a director of the Henley Centre for Forecasting. He is a fellow of the British Academy of Social Science and has been awarded a DSc honoris causa for his contribution to economics by the University of Durham.

This event forms part of LSE's 5th Space for Thought Literary Festival|, taking place from Tuesday 26 February - Saturday 2 March 2013, with the theme 'Branching Out'.

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