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Nassim Nicholas Taleb talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the manuscript version of his forthcoming book, Skin in the Game. Topics discussed include the role of skin in the game in labor markets, the power of minorities, the Lindy effect, Taleb’s blind spots and regrets, and the politics of globalization.

The insidious racism of Mary Beard and the “diversity” operators | Medium

The insidious racism of Mary Beard and the “diversity” operators

The diversity discourse appears to serve an insidious form of racism and Northern Euro supremacist agenda (with a redefinition of the Western world and a reframing of the classics). Please stop classifying people according to race, and stop creating racial stereotypes and divisions in the name of “diversity”, while doing some smug virtue signaling. Look up “framing” in a decision theory textbook and you can see what I mean. This is no different from funding Al Qaeda headcutters and women-enslavers in Syria in the name of “democracy”.

Homeopathy, Monsanto, Tesla, Mary Beard, Haplogroup, GMOs, Middle East Institute, Damore, Pigliucci, Mike Duncan | Twitter

@Helsingor Happy Rûm day to @byzantium1200, @byzantinepower, @byzyeileen, @nntaleb, @CryForByzantium and all of Byzantine twitter.   Permalink 2:06 PM – 16 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Homeopathy is useful PRECISELY because it doesn’t work. Can homeopathy can HELP the NHS?   via @MailOnline Permalink 12:32 PM – 16 Aug 2017

@mjd1735 BBC News – Awamiya: Inside the devastated Saudi Shia town   @nntaleb @lionelbarber Permalink 8:45 AM – 16 Aug 2017

@KevorkAlmassian Says the guy who funded & armed religious fascists in my country, #Syria. @BarackObama Permalink 4:58 AM – 16 Aug 2017

@nntaleb If journos talk about a risk, say Nuclear, ignore it.   Permalink 4:35 AM – 16 Aug 2017

@byzantinepower Permalink 4:24 AM – 16 Aug 2017

@nntaleb A convincing illustration of what happens when you put nerds (IYIs) in charge of regulation. Permalink 3:48 PM – 15 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Fat Tony explaining how “f*** you” money works in case Monsanto & Cambridge University are after you.   Permalink 2:27 PM – 15 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Monsanto’s St Op Procedure: an online army demonizes GMO-skeptics. They also contact institutions & ask for removal, as they did w/Ceralini.   Permalink 7:16 AM – 15 Aug 2017

@theQSLman .@nntaleb on procrastination. Superb insight. Permalink 7:06 AM – 15 Aug 2017

@theQSLmind .@nntaleb on procrastination. Superb insight. Permalink 7:06 AM – 15 Aug 2017

@nntaleb So the British IYI pseudodiversity police were instantly turned into a Monsanto smear campaigning agent Union of 2 idiots is much more idiot Permalink 5:19 AM – 15 Aug 2017

@nntaleb British IYI class is after me. Monsanto shills (@kevinFolta) join the smear campaign (since 2015, 2300 emails to NYU). Impotent #Antifragile Permalink 5:03 AM – 15 Aug 2017

@nntaleb The exquisite precision & instant response (for both acceleration and deceleration) of the EV makes the non-electric car feel like a boat. Permalink 4:07 AM – 15 Aug 2017

@nntaleb This picture is more representative   ” target=”_blank”>”> Permalink 3:34 AM – 15 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I just published “The insidious racism of Mary Beard and the ‘diversity’ operators”   Permalink 3:32 AM – 15 Aug 2017

@nntaleb First day driving a @TeslaMotors. Something else! I hope I will never ever have to drive a nonelectric car. Permalink 3:22 AM – 15 Aug 2017

@SimonMoores I really don’t think people are grasping what @nntaleb argument is. It’s really about the anc. population of http://N.Africa   Permalink 3:07 AM – 15 Aug 2017

@nntaleb US Army embraces Antifragility   Permalink 5:52 PM – 14 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Work, Slavery, the Minority Rule, and Skin in the Game | EconTalk |   Permalink 3:36 PM – 14 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Nobody is seeing what I am seeing? This piece of info,hapl of Ancient Greeks v. close to Canaanites? While linear b nonsemitic! Huge if true   Permalink 2:15 PM – 14 Aug 2017

@careygillam “Monsanto’s message is clear – stay out of its way,” say cancer victim lawyers @MonsantoCo wants sanctioned   ” target=”_blank”>”> Permalink 1:18 PM – 14 Aug 2017

@RanaHarbi What the f did I just read Permalink 11:50 AM – 14 Aug 2017

@normonics The sample space of reality is enormous. Therefore every narrative can be supported by ‘facts’ so long as they are selectively amplified. Permalink 9:39 AM – 14 Aug 2017

@asadabukhalil Look at this language:when he talks about Russian and Syrian repression he uses the world “slaughter”. For Saudis, he uses “excessive” force   Permalink 9:36 AM – 14 Aug 2017

@Cyberlibris We used to be fooled by randomness, the truth is we are fooled by ergodicity!   @nntaleb @ole_b_peters #BigData #data Permalink 7:37 AM – 14 Aug 2017

@JegErAlan This, thanks to a @JacobWinski tweet, is the link that made me realize I should be skeptical about GMOs:   Permalink 6:33 AM – 14 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Perfect! ABSENCE of haplogroup DOES NOT indicate absence of ancestry, but presence does! Permalink 4:28 AM – 14 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I just published “The insidious racism of Mary Beard et al.”   Permalink 4:20 AM – 14 Aug 2017

@nntaleb From the recent papers abt modern Greeks ~Mycenians, Minoans: G and J2 (even J1) haplogroups. Permalink 2:47 AM – 14 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Jordan My data has no ethnicities (Tribal North Arabian, West Bank Palestinian, Circasn, etc.) But again, J1e, 10 times more than Lebanon. Permalink 1:40 AM – 14 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Syria as whole v. different from Leb, owing to high presence of J1e (Peninsula genes) from Arab conquest/trade. No granularity on West. Syr Permalink 1:23 AM – 14 Aug 2017

@nntaleb He was also converted to skepticism about GMOs. Thank you, Twitter .   Permalink 1:20 AM – 14 Aug 2017

@TheDuran_com Assange NAILS IS!   Permalink 2:57 PM – 13 Aug 2017

@nntaleb On plane back to NY tried to play with a messier probabilistic structure in genetics. @PZalloua Permalink 1:10 PM – 13 Aug 2017

@nntaleb History Jumps! An aids for my discussion of probabilistic reasoning for history in my comment on the tirade of Klueless Massimo   Permalink 12:54 PM – 13 Aug 2017

@nntaleb The GMO deception was over the day AMZN bought Whole Foods. AMZN is one order of magnitude bigger than Monsanto, typ. tactics won’t work. Permalink 11:39 AM – 13 Aug 2017

@spikedonline Brendan O’Neill on the poison of racial thinking Permalink 11:19 AM – 13 Aug 2017

@RamdasSunder @nntaleb This is Probability, not Stats. Closely related, but a good statistician is not automatically a good probabilist. Permalink 5:09 AM – 13 Aug 2017

@GuruAnaerobic Next time someone criticises Paleo diet cos they only lived til 35yrs, ask them if early death was “diet related” or disease, childbirth,etc   Permalink 12:06 AM – 13 Aug 2017

@nntaleb If you are trying to figure out diet, genetics, and lifestyle, uncon LE is not the right measure. Permalink 11:27 PM – 12 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Flawed analysis: You shd only measure longevity by taking life expectancy conditional on being >50-60, not at birth   Permalink 11:09 PM – 12 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Antifragility World’s oldest man, a Holocaust survivor, dies at 113   Permalink 2:45 PM – 12 Aug 2017

@nntaleb My PhD thesis advisor/coauthor is a French woman mathematician. The committee had 2 women mathematicians. Nobody asked for a quota then.   Permalink 10:26 AM – 12 Aug 2017

@PaleoPhil And here is an example: History Channel’s “Barbarians Rising” portraying Hannibal as a black West African. Permalink 9:17 AM – 12 Aug 2017

@Christo59093308 @nntaleb Amazing!! The Black Swan in 2007, 1 yr before financial crisis! And now pg. 205 with mention of potential Syria crisis! #mustread Permalink 6:56 AM – 12 Aug 2017

@nntaleb BTW what Romans used to call “Arabs” were Nabateans, Northern Arabians, close to Jordanians & Hawranis Permalink 2:38 AM – 12 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Romans looked like other Meds at Ancient times: It was the Celts who were ethnic. @holland_tom citing Petronius. Permalink 12:44 AM – 12 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Ran into 2 Amioun-born New Yorkers Trump supporters at a party in Amioun. “If Amioun voted in the US elections, Trump would get 99%” #MAGA Permalink 4:07 PM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Who is @gchoran99 ? Not only he got the point about subsaharan genes but also that “historians are full of crap”.   Permalink 3:58 PM – 11 Aug 2017

@alxpr1c3 6 pictorials exposing what A LOT, if not MOST, academic text-books are missing: #RIGOUR!   Permalink 2:44 PM – 11 Aug 2017

@robertwjordway People say @nntaleb is nice in person but I disagree. He made me split a mini cannoli with him at @NECSI #diabetes Permalink 1:15 PM – 11 Aug 2017

@ghchammas Lebanese steak tartare. @nntaleb Permalink 12:06 PM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Syria most probably comes from the Phoenician name for Anti-Lebanon. So, yes the name “Syria” correponds to 3 geographical areas in history. Permalink 10:03 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Also in Bible “Aram” is mentioned by which translations say Syria. But “Syria” doesn’t map to “Aram” & Syrion is ambiguous! Permalink 9:52 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Terms “Syria”, Blad eSham, & Syrion != Greek: Syria coela (Bekaa)+Antioch Syrion in Bible is AntiLebanon (Syrion ve Lvanon) Libanensis pbm Permalink 9:46 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb How to look at history using probabilistic reasoning: Pinned Brownian Bridges. Conditional on present and past, what can midpoints be? Permalink 7:33 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Real World Risk Pictorial Next Session Oct 2-6   Permalink 6:47 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb The problem is not just financial dependence. Wusses fear losing friends & not being invited to the parties if they defy the thoughtpolice. Permalink 6:15 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Amioun for the weekend, 1900 years. Permalink 5:33 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@AntifragileACC @nntaleb Working at a university and trying to shake up academia world! Thank you for all you do to push us! Permalink 5:14 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb It was also for me a way to show the UK establishment they can’t play with independent people like me without eventually getting burned. Permalink 3:25 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@paulorrj No, basically it started with @wmarybeard being wrong & called out. So, she accused Taleb of sexism because of it.   Permalink 3:22 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb More precise: Nubians somewhere there. Permalink 3:20 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Don’t tell me my friend Tom Holland is falling into the Insidious Racism of the UK establishment! Permalink 3:12 AM – 11 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Precautionary approach to climate. Permalink 4:36 PM – 10 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Faced that junk in the Air France lounge, JFK. Manager who spoke w/thick Marseilles accent promised to replace w/documentaries on animals. Permalink 4:33 PM – 10 Aug 2017

@nntaleb This is more granularity about Lebanese (all religions) and Armenians Permalink 1:28 PM – 10 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Gulf government gave SECRET $20 million gift to D.C. think tank   by @ryangrim Permalink 1:15 PM – 10 Aug 2017

@JacobWinski Just received The VNR Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics and it’s wonderful. Thank you @nntaleb for the tip, really appreciate it. Permalink 10:55 AM – 10 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Thus guy is an intellectual fraud. Nonlinear domains like climate & markets!= mechanics like solar eclipses. If it were true he wd be rich.   Permalink 10:55 AM – 10 Aug 2017

@nntaleb So we can start the great East Med Peace Project by convincing Turks Cypriots, Greeks (etc.) they are 1st cousins. Permalink 4:42 AM – 10 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Fat Tony is J2b. So my prediction: Mafia dons are predominantly J2. We can try to test it. Permalink 4:28 AM – 10 Aug 2017

@nntaleb This map confirms my grandmother’s heurisitc: if people eat the same they look the same… and have similar genetic makeup Permalink 4:24 AM – 10 Aug 2017

@nntaleb And note that the Arab J1e (invaders) subclade is practically non existent in Leb, high in Palestine. Permalink 4:13 AM – 10 Aug 2017

@alexdelprete Giustamente Nassim ci ricorda che il sud italia è Magna Grecia: aplogruppo J2 (18-30%) ed E1b1b (15-25%)   Permalink 4:10 AM – 10 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Also note that Sunnis have about as much J2 as the rest. Permalink 3:58 AM – 10 Aug 2017

@nntaleb This chart will cause a shock to Lebanese national identity. And perhaps Turkish. Note that Southern Italy is also blue (Magna Grecia) Permalink 3:55 AM – 10 Aug 2017

@nntaleb What SJW don’t get is the implied racism of “white” & “colored”: if you mix white & colored you get colored. That implies purity not race. Permalink 5:30 PM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I was told that traditionally royals shd never say “thank you”, “please”, “sorry”, etc. because you don’t say it to subjects. True? Refs? Permalink 4:00 PM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Turned out in England politeness is something for the middle class. Aristocrats are exempt. Any literature on that? Permalink 2:39 PM – 9 Aug 2017

@MaxAbrahms The problem was meeting him for coffee. Everyone knows you must meet for squid ink or frog legs. Permalink 1:11 PM – 9 Aug 2017

@MaxAbrahms If Twitter teaches you anything…it’s unwise to try to publicly outwit @nntaleb. Permalink 12:38 PM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I am very direct. I asked the doctor; he said can’t do anything about it. So you need to live with it. Permalink 11:57 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Here is 90% of the words used in N Levantine ordinary conv. Most are Ugaritic/Canaanite Also see grammar   Permalink 11:31 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Real estate, like fish, starts rotting from the top.   Permalink 9:58 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb The bigger problem is that Google is a utility. Yet it does not fall under the 1st amendement. This is what worries me the deepest.   Permalink 9:30 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb OK, OK, I will say it publicly. I viscerally don’t like S. Pinker, but I will take every RISK to help him fight insidious censorship. Permalink 9:15 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Where is the real “left”? Those who wd say: “I detest what you write, bt I wd give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write” Permalink 8:41 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb OK Ok Damore is a hero. He knowingly took risk. Permalink 7:55 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb This entire idea of bicolorism categorization destroys the notion that humans are humans, and once you classify you destroy something. Permalink 7:44 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb This entire idea of bicolorism categorization destroys the notion that humans are humans, and once you classify you destroy something. Permalink 7:44 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Which is why the word “white” shd never be used for race as it means nothing. The only “white” pple may be albino.s. Permalink 7:30 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb This guy @adammerberg has been helping Monsanto trolls attacking our work on the prec. pple by lying about the mathematical “mistakes”. Permalink 7:24 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Thanks for correcting me. Damore is not a hero. He is a victim. I honor pple who correct my mistakes w/o trolling.   Permalink 7:18 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb So Italy shd be divided in two races, the “whites” and the “xxxx” (actually there is a word in Italian)? For Rome it depends on the suburb? Permalink 7:16 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb If you did ethnicities in Roman England, I think most Mediterranean Romans would be considered “Ethnic” by today’s metric. Permalink 7:06 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb “N N Taleb does not suffer fools gladly.” I want it on my epitaph.   Permalink 4:37 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb It is thanks to regulators that Monsanto managed to ghostwrite its own safety reviews.   Permalink 4:07 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Monsanto was its own ghostwriter for safety reviews   via @BW Permalink 3:37 AM – 9 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I got 2 citations from Damore today: Individual variations vs categories. The Universal destroys the particular Permalink 7:11 PM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I just published “Comment on ‘Klueless Massimo’s Comments (Massimo Pigliucci) of the Mary Beard (Twitter) debate”   Permalink 6:18 PM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb The only way to prevent institutions from rotting is by automatic dissolution, to have the same life expectancy as free-market companies. Permalink 5:12 PM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I wrote an entire book on Mathematics of History since EVERY path is a historical “Brownian Bridge” from Fooled by Randomness Permalink 11:52 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Academia/journos are nice housebroken submissive dogs. By collectivelly going against me they didn’t realize they need to fight a wolf. Permalink 10:16 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb 8) I did not read the article in full, just random glances, each time I find a mistake. Permalink 9:08 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb 7) Klueless Massimo @mpigliucci (how can one make so many mistakes in a single article? Doesn’t know abt TIME SERIES ? Permalink 9:07 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb (I exchanged comments with him on twitter.) Permalink 8:26 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Did not read @NickCohen4’s blog based on heuristic: Never read anything by someone abt you if you would never read him abt anything else. Permalink 8:18 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Nassim Taleb Warns “Something Is Broken In The UK Intellectual Sphere” | Zero Hedge   Permalink 7:59 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Klueless Massimo “expert” in Stoic virtues s.a. courage. Like nuns “experts” in sexual positions. If you don’t take risk, STFU abt courage.   Permalink 7:55 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb 6) Klueless Massimo @mpigliucci, department of bullshit. He talks about STATISTICS by referring to STAT 101. Permalink 6:57 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Here is a more technical way to view the “otherness” in terms of distance, differential entropy. Permalink 5:22 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb And, BTW, @mpigliucci ‘s account has nothing to do w/my argument, outlined in my Medium post.   @davidpapineau Permalink 4:40 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb And, BTW, @mpigliucci ‘s account has nothing to do w/my argument, outlined in my Medium post.   @davidpapineau Permalink 4:40 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I am sure @kateantiquity and @caitlinrgreen would agree with my message that ethnicities shd not be binarized/lumped as “other”. Permalink 4:26 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Independently an Italian fellow nails it! Same point as mine about the insidious racism of Mary Beard   Permalink 4:07 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb To actually understand what Mary Beard and the UK PolNazis are getting wrong. (h/t Google hero) Permalink 3:40 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@primalpoly The original #googlememo, including all its links to research, which @Gizmodo deleted before criticizing it as lacking empirical support.   Permalink 2:34 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Pple are surprised that Turkey speaks Turkish w/little Turkic genes, Lebanon has no Arab genes, not that India speaks English w/o Engl genes Permalink 2:13 AM – 8 Aug 2017

@nntaleb A great description of how ritual defamation is done. Problem: #antifragility of some.   Permalink 8:14 PM – 7 Aug 2017

@nntaleb If they can. Only if they can.   Permalink 8:07 PM – 7 Aug 2017

@nntaleb That has been my point all my life. Western Civilization is Med. Diversity should be olive oil vs butter, not Euro vs “other”. Idiots.   Permalink 11:02 AM – 7 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Something torturing me. I receive a Tesla this week & something abt state subsidies troubles my conscience as a localist-libertarian. Permalink 10:30 AM – 7 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Actually, I can guesstimate from the decline in rate of blocking by bot of UK SWJ trolls and journos over past 12h that it has to be <1%. Permalink 10:10 AM – 7 Aug 2017

@nntaleb This man gets it.   Permalink 9:31 AM – 7 Aug 2017

@nntaleb The big question: How much do the Political Correct Universalist Nazis represent of the UK pple: 3%? Less? More?   Permalink 7:36 AM – 7 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Mike Duncan @mikeduncan concluded abt my exchange w/Mary Beard not veifying if she did not falsify the nature of encounter. ShoddyHistorian   Permalink 6:35 AM – 7 Aug 2017

@primalpoly Google HR: ‘There are no sex differences’ Google AdWords: ‘You bought books on programming? Here are ads for GQ magazine and Cialis’ Permalink 6:09 AM – 7 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I actually followed @mikeduncan on twitter until I listened in podcast to a subject I know well, Seneca, & saw he was a bullshitter. Permalink 5:23 AM – 7 Aug 2017

@nntaleb How can you trust a “historian” like @mikeduncan if he doesn’t have the instinct to look for other side of story?   Permalink 4:42 AM – 7 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I can feel in my bones, from the #googlememo (and my UK story) that something is starting to crumble. I mean, to crumble. Permalink 6:39 PM – 6 Aug 2017

@LorenzoWVilla (I believe that) This statement is extremely accurate and extremely funny. Permalink 6:03 PM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb But, fundamentally, saying “I am a woman hence I have a license to call everyone who bothers me a misogynist” infuriates me. Permalink 2:59 PM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Beard said “accurate” which got me going. Then backtracked Then misrepresented the exchange abt credentials. Then used the feminist cover. Permalink 2:57 PM – 6 Aug 2017

@karoumy I screencapped it in time. Permalink 2:28 PM – 6 Aug 2017

@RBeisert Taleb called a UK “historian” out for revisionism. People stamped their feet impotently while antifragile Taleb laughed. Permalink 2:10 PM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Please ban all my “pop risk” books. Enact rules to make them illegal on campus. Please put the burning on youtube, please!   Permalink 1:52 PM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I knew there was something wrong with the Green Party’s support of war in Syria. But they extend their “environmental” to Roman Britain.   Permalink 1:12 PM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb I get tons of that crap, now w/a bot blocking them. Basically it is very OK to be a bullshitter if “good manners”. The UK self-destructing?   Permalink 12:30 PM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Salibi claims Lebanon had wave of settlements byYemenis. No trace of J1e among Sunnis. Historian texts= hearsay + fabrication + some truth Permalink 12:07 PM – 6 Aug 2017

@Chateaubriand__ This raises the important point that, by inserting implausible contemporary diversity, the BBC ignored the real diversity of Roman Britain.   Permalink 10:34 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@Cernovich Intelligence bureaucrats disdain @nntaleb risk management. Firing Flynn robbed America of one of our greatest minds.   ” target=”_blank”>”> Permalink 10:22 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb In UK, It is misogynist to not deal w/a woman as one would w/a man. But if you deal w/a woman as you would w/a man, you are also mysogynist. Permalink 9:53 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb This is how Syrians looked. Like Romans. And the Berbers. Diversity was Mediter vs U.K. Mary Beard keeps her BS going. Permalink 9:31 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb More bullshit by Mary Beard: Berbers and Syrians were Mediterraneans, close to Romans in looks, the “diversity” doesn’t work there. Permalink 9:09 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb PLEDGE: If I ever, over my lifetime make a BS nondisconfirmatory historical statement, you are allowed to abuse me! @alexapostolides   Permalink 8:40 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb All I can say so far: very roughly, Palestinians are Meds on their mother’s side, Arabs on their father’s. Exhilarating to read history Permalink 7:59 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Permalink 7:53 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Palestinian genetic distance using cross-entropy on Mito DNA, female lineage Permalink 7:46 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Mr (bullshitter Johnson, here is what we know about the “African” Punics   Permalink 6:35 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@eamonn @nntaleb is not “alt-right”, but he did call Mary Beard a “bullshitter.” Here’s why:   Permalink 6:05 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb The J1e Permalink 6:01 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb Jim Pickard @PickardJE of the FT engaged in same w/me but, 8 years later, is PROUD of it. When journos are despicable, they are despicable.   Permalink 5:21 AM – 6 Aug 2017

@nntaleb The Palestinians appear to be ~one third/half Mediterranean, one third/half Arabs. 8 times more traces of Peninsula Arabs than Lebanon. Permalink 4:38 AM – 6 Aug 2017

The One Video to Watch on Climate, If You Have Just 3 Minutes

A project by Rupert Read who coauthored ‘Climate models and precautionary measures‘ with NNT (among others).

Quand les chrétiens du Liban ont-ils commencé à parler français ? | Medium

L’idée reçue actuelle (donnée par des « experts » en relations internationales) veut que les chrétiens du Liban se seraient mis à parler français à partir de la période de « colonialisme français » — tout comme les habitants du Maghreb. Mais la France n’a gouverné le Liban que durant deux décennies, suite à la défaite des Ottomans pendant la Grande Guerre. Lors de ce « mandat » — qui était une sorte de concession — il n’y avait pas de colons français au Liban, contrairement à la situation du Maghreb.

Quand les chrétiens du Liban ont-ils commencé à parler français ?