Of all the offspring of Time, Error is the most ancient, and is so old and familiar an acquaintance, that Truth, when discovered, comes upon most of us like an intruder, and meets the intruder's welcome.

—Charles Mackay


Lecture, New York Public Library Speaking Series, New York

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 6:30pm

New York Public Library Speaking Series
Mid-Manhattan Library
455 5th Avenue
New York, NY

Reading, Keneseth Israel Synagogue, Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 7:00pm

Keneseth Israel Synagogue
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA

Speaker, PopTech 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 9:00am

PopTech 2010
"Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures, and Improbable Breakthroughs"
Camden, ME
Wed., Oct. 20 - Sat., Oct. 23

Boston Book Festival

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 1:30pm

Panelist, "True Story: The Art of Nonfiction"
Boston Book Festival
Boston Public Library, Popular Reading Room
700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Reading, KGB Bar

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 7:00pm

KGB Bar Nonfiction Reading Series
85 East Fourth Street
New York, NY

Speaker, Bristol Festival of Ideas

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 7:30pm

Bristol Festival of Ideas
Watershed Media Center
Bristol, UK

Lecture, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, London, UK

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 7:00pm

Presentation, Wigtown Book Festival, Wigtown, Scotland

Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 1:30pm

Wigtown Book Festival
Wigtown, Scotland

Keynote Speaker, 6th Annual Mediamatic Conference, Amsterdam

Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 1:45pm

"Oops!" Kom Je Ook?
6th Annual Mediamatic Annual Conference
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Reading - Seattle, WA

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 7:00pm

Elliot Bay Books
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle WA 98122

The tale of the Trojan Horse might be apocryphal – no one knows – but it stands out as one of military history’s most famous cautionary tales about yielding to unexamined beliefs. The story goes that the Greeks, frustrated by years of waging an unsuccessful siege on the walled city of Troy, built a massive wooden horse, left it at the city gates as a parting “gift” to their putative victors, and pretended to sail home. Ignoring the naysayers (most famously, the prophet Cassandra and the priest Laocoön, both of whom warned their fellow Trojans that the gift was a trap), Troy’s leaders brought the horse inside the city walls. That night, thirty-odd soldiers who had been concealed inside crept out and opened the gates to the returned Greek army. The Greeks destroyed the city and slaughtered its citizens, thereby ending – and winning – the Trojan War.