An Improvised Talk of Which You are the Hero, with piano accompaniment by philosopher and author Luis de Miranda (PT) and pianist Peter Knudsen (SE)

Photo by Luis de Miranda


To create a book you need: letters, inspiration, paper or a computer, a way of transposing an inspiration and experience into sentences, and you need a reader, an audience. But where does the inspiration come from? Here we could discuss the so-called Infinite Monkey Theorem. A Monkey writing randomly on a computer for an infinite amount of time would eventually write a meaningful masterpiece, as if by coincidence. Randomness versus intentionality. The truth is we are no monkeys, we have limited time and no book is written randomly. Same thing regarding your life. It is probably not infinite, so why would you live randomly like an infinite monkey, hoping for meaning to emerge without intention, without determination, without the deep involvement of your crealectical self? How can creation be a process of healthy growth a process of destiny-shaping? That is the way Luis de Miranda, PhD, practices philosophical counseling at the Philosophical Parlour in Stockholm, after having been a professional independent publisher for many years, helping others write meaningful books, and after having written many books himself (fiction and non-fiction), translated in various languages: Luis helps each person write the alchemical and embodied book of their life, as their own masterpiece. The philosopher’s stone is a charcoal pencil.

This talk will last 20 minutes. At the beginning, Luis de Miranda will take 20 words offered by audience, and improvise a speech around these words, while Peter Knudsen, jazz composer, will accompany him.

Luis de Miranda

Luis de Miranda, PhD (University of Edinburgh, November 2017), is a philosopher, historian of ideas, philosophical counselor and an international author of non-fiction and fiction. His books, for example an introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Robotics or the novel Who Killed the Poet?, have been translated into a dozen languages. Being and Neonness was published by MIT Press in 2019, and Ensemblance by Edinburgh University Press (2020).




Peter Knudsen. Foto:John Malander

Peter Knudsen, born 1980 in the city of Östersund in northern Sweden, is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator. His albums as a leader explore themes as diverse as French Impressionism, Swedish Romanticism, as well as his own compositions inspired by nature, literature and life at large.


This event has the support of Portuguese Embassy at Stockholm 


Language: English with some moments in Portuguese. 
Organiser: Centro de Língua Portuguesa, Camões, I.P in collaboration with Stockholm University and the support of Portuguese Embassy at Stockholm 
Contact: Vera Cristina Faias Fonseca de Carvalho
No registration required - Free Admission