The March SMART Lecture will be presented by Vincent F. Hendricks, with an introduction by Sonja Smets.
Date: Friday, March 3rd 2017, 16:00-17:30
Title: Bubbles Go Bust
Speaker: Vincent F. Hendricks (University of Copenhagen)
Abstract: Besides champagne, bubbles are typically associated with situations in finance in which assets trade at prices far exceeding their fundamental value. That was the way of the Dutch tulip bulb frenzy in the 1630s and the subprime crises in 2008. The market overheated, bubbles went bust with catastrophic consequences.
But bubbles are not confined to the world of finance. In fact one may today speak of information bubbles, status bubbles, bullying bubbles, political bubbles, news bubbles, even science bubbles.
Vincent F. Hendricks, Professor of Formal Philosophy, and Director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies at the University of Copenhagen, walks you through bubble studies using a wide range of entertaining, thought-provoking and disconcerting examples from the world of finance, social media, politics, populism, fake news and post-factual democracy. On the way he punctures some of the most inflated tendencies of today’s public debate especially on social media.
Bio: Vincent F. Hendricks is Professor of Formal Philosophy at The University of Copenhagen. He is Director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation. Hendricks has been awarded a number of national and international prizes for his research among them the Elite Research Prize by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Roskilde Festival Elite Research Prize, The Rosenkjær Prize by the Danish Broadcasting Company, and the Choice Magazine Outstanding Title Award. He was Editor-in-Chief of Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science between 2005-2015.