CSU, Chico News

Ethics Forum: The Psychology and Ethics of Gambling

Date: 03-14-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Robert Jones
Director of CAPE

Professor Joseph Mazur, professor emeritus of mathematics at Marlboro College, will look at the psychological forces that entice people to put their faith in ever-elusive jackpots, despite mathematical improbability, in a talk on Wednesday, March 23. He will also question the ethics of government-sponsored gambling as a means to raise revenue. His talk is co-sponsored by the Humanities Center and the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics (CAPE) at California State University, Chico. It is part of the Humanities Center’s theme, “Chance.”

Mazur’s talk is free and open to the public and will be held in PAC 134 at 7:30 p.m.

Mazur is the author of “Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Mathematics,” which was chosen as one of Choice’s 2005 Outstanding Academic Titles of the Year, and “The Motion Paradox: The 2,500-Year old Puzzle Behind All the Mysteries of Time and Space.” His latest book, “What’s Luck Got To Do With It?”, is about the history, mathematics and psychology of gambling.

Mazur will talk about how people gamble despite mathematical improbabilities, and will question the ethics of government-sponsored gambling as a means to raise revenue in a cash-strapped economic climate.

CAPE promotes ethical reflection about issues of concern inside and outside the University. For more information on CAPE, go to http://www.csuchico.edu/cape.