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Monthly Archives: February 2013

This is 1614: Scaliger…

This is 1614: Scaliger – the most erudite man in Europe, who read Greek, Syriac, Hebrew, Arabic, ect., & whom Huet compared to Montaigne as one would today compare Montaigne to, say, an airport-business book writer , translating and commenting on Arabic proverbs into Latin.In this line of wisdom, I cherish the following expression about […]

Friends, let’s work on developing tricks…

Friends, let’s work on developing tricks.Obviously, peer acceptance or, rather fear of peer rejection, seems to be the main hindrance preventing personal and intellectual independence; it is also the cause of many, many ills, where the collective can be vastly more wrong than individuals taken separately. What is not obvious is that using courage to […]

Something a bit bothersome about Cato the Ancient…

Something a bit bothersome about Cato the Ancient and the Romans in general (as compared to the Greeks).Plutarch’s biography of Cato Maior presents a no-nonsense man of strong moral commitments, the embodiment of the ancient man of virtue –in addition to his no-bullshit approach to things he detected the charlatanism of ancient doctors. But Plutarch […]

Sorry Nassim Taleb, Technology Actually Does Matter – Forbes

Reader, Jon, who sent this along, comments, “…a great example of someone that just does not get NNT’s message… not malicious simply misguided”. Agreed! Nassim Taleb, in his new book Antifragile, is so derisive of technology that he refers to tech enthusiasm as a condition – “Neomania” – and argues that much of the progress […]

Book Review: Antifragile: How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand | LSE Review of Books

The key to the antifragile mentality is what Taleb calls ‘optionality’, namely, the use of degrees of freedom as a proxy for knowledge. In other words, if you do not know what will happen, make sure you have every option covered. Taleb, who appears to enjoy a ‘second life’ existence as a gangster, speaks in […]