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Monthly Archives: May 2013

The principal value of higher education…

The principal value of higher education is learning from academics to become what they are not, to use them as moral, intellectual, and practical inverse role models. Seen that way, it can be worth the price. (Via Negativa) via The principal value of higher education… – Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Facebook.

What would you rather be, poor in a…

What would you rather be, poor in a country that has a large middle class, or poor in a country that has massive inequalities, with many people like you, a very small number of mega-opulent, and no middle class?Think about it in terms of people you are likely to encounter, and compete with. The super-rich […]

When someone starts a sentence with the…

When someone starts a sentence with the first half containing “I” , “not”, and “but”, the “not” should be removed and the “but” replaced with “therefore”. Examples: “I am not prejudiced, but” “I will not honor you with a reply, but” “I do not usually […], but” — The most infuriating is a letter that […]

High Modernity: routine in place of…

High Modernity: routine in place of physical effort, physical effort in place of mental expenditure, & mental expenditure in place of mental clarity. via High Modernity: routine in place of… – Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Facebook.

My nightmare: This [EDITED] got the Black Swan idea in reverse (WSJ)

My nightmare: This [EDITED] got the Black Swan idea in reverse (WSJ): http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2013/05/17/spotting-black-swans-with-data-science/ (reposted after editing my first reaction… more polite but not really) Spotting Black Swans with Data Scienceblogs.wsj.comTraditional analytic models can’t keep up with today’s unprecedented volume and variety of data. The emerging field of data science, closely intertwined with the explosion of […]