1. Davood Bahjat Fumani

    Dear all,

    Just a quick reminder about the next session of our EXRE Colloquium, which takes place tomorrow: we’ll have the pleasure of hearing Olivier Massin’s talk on “Defining Optimism” at 17:15, room MIS02, 2122.
    Please find below his abstract.


    While the definition of hope has received much attention, the definition of optimism has remained largely neglected. I here distinguish, characterize and relate three varieties of optimism: factual optimism, which corresponds to having good expectations; focal optimism , which corresponds to seeing the glass half full; and  axiological optimism, which  corresponds to the idea that good is stronger than bad.