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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Bryan Appleyard » What ‘Plebs’ Really Means

That something is buried in the word ‘culture’. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb was arguing passionately at dinner last night, a man without culture is not really capable of understanding anything. Bankers did not just make themselves vile by abandoning their culture, they also made themselves incompetent. Lost in their culture-free abstractions, they all went bust. […]

Nassim N Taleb’s review of Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself

5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Person in Washington: guts & thruth, September 26, 2012By N N Taleb “Nassim N Taleb”This review is from: Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself HardcoverI don’t have time for a full review for now; all I have […]

Which Economists Can See the Future? | PBS NewsHour

I’ve interviewed Nassim Taleb of “Black Swan” fame three times on the NewsHour — here, there, and back here. Sadly, we never had time for his wonderful monkey example. Here’s an early version, from his book “Dynamic Hedging”: “If one puts an infinite number of monkeys in front of (strongly built) typewriters and lets them […]

Nassim Taleb Identifies ‘The Teflon Don Of Wall Street’ – Business Insider

Here is what Taleb had to say: “Nobody on this planet represents more vividly the scam of the banking industry,” says Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan. “He made $120 million from Citibank, which was technically insolvent. And now we, the taxpayers, are paying for it.”Cohan continues: Nassim Nicholas Taleb doesn’t know Rubin […]

To find a genuine researcher…

To find a genuine researcher, a first remove those industrious persons doing it for career ambitions, promotion, these things that are commendable elsewhere and treat them as if they didn’t exist, and throw their work in the garbage as unusable. b Then remove those doing research because they like it or even love it – […]