My Quest for a Dissertation Topic

As the first Monday of the new semester approaches, I decided to seriously embark on the quest for my (master’s) dissertation topic. It will explore a question related to the representation of human-machine relationships in English literature. I’m exploring this broader subject and it looks promising so far. This blog may be used to keep track of my progress with some reading notes and other updates.

I created a memoire_research tag in my delicious account. If you want to follow me on the web as I learn more about this area of study, you’re welcome.

The Black Swan: a way to informed decision-making

During one of those sitting-on-the-stairs session, I once told my philosophy department friends that my school of thought was “cowardly scepticism”. And like many jokes it was partly true, I knew enough philosophy (and economics) not to take my own knowledge too seriously but I knew not to which extent to doubt it and I was scared of finding out. Little did I know that a non-fiction book towards which I was drawn by the beauty of the cover one and a half years later was going to help me grasp empirical scepticism better without philosophical vocabulary or much pain.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable uncovers the way we expose ourselves to risks without knowing it because of biases. I hope I can bring the lessons of this book into practice. If you want to know more about the book, go see the review by Chris Anderson on Amazon and the book’s Wikipedia entry.