The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Impossible

June 19, 2007

Today on Focus, we're joined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, an expert in the sciences of uncertainty, to discuss what Taleb calls "Black Swans": rare events with extreme impacts that occur well outside the realm of probability, but are quickly explained away in a way that makes them seem obvious and predictable. These events explain almost everything in our world, and yet, says Taleb, we remain blind to them if they are not explicitly pointed out to us.

Guest: Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Professor in the Sciences of Uncertainty, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Impossible)