Category Archives: Aphorisms

Monsanto, Greek Orthodox, Panic, Syria

Monsanto kept pushing the balloon under water for years using devious schemes. The Black Swan usually comes quickly.

— NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) September 13, 2015
Which sorts of explains why we sort of connect Russia. (Picture of Greek Orthodox Levantine service)

— NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) September 10, 2015
The *only* way to survive is to panic & overreact early, particularly that those who “don’t panic” end up panicking & overreacting late.

— NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) September 10, 2015
Monsanto worse than Chipotle by 30%, explains negative publicity. Shameful losers. @thefoodbabe @consumerfreedom

— NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) September 9, 2015
Nitpicking is the unmistakable mark of cluelessness.

— Taleb Bot (@TalebBot) September 4, 2015
By apologizing Hilary Clinton broke rules #1 *Always apologize except if you did something wrong* & #2 *Politicians should never apologize*

— NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) September 9, 2015
Migration: “The Nation State: apartheid while staying politically correct.” (Bed of Procrustes, aphorisms).

— NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) September 8, 2015
Over time past extremes will necessarily be surpassed. At ESREL in ETH.

— NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) September 8, 2015
Because the world cannot bring peace to Syria, Syrians are looking for peace elsewhere. Solution is working on settling Syrians in Syria.

— NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) September 7, 2015



Someone has done me favors in the past, when I needed them, say got me out of trouble. I naturally feel indebted to *that* person. But the ethical reaction should not be to pay the same person back since his generosity, if genuine, should be unconditional. My debt should be to the system (something called “society”), or, less abstract, someone else, preferably a stranger…

This is similar to the mechanism of bedouin hospitality. And it becomes multiplicative.

Likewise, like anyone who isn’t a saint, I have done things in my past for which I have remorse. But, to clear my conscience, I do not have to rectify the *exact* situation. I just need a large action that does not benefit me but helps the largest number of people, say, take risks by going after evil such as Monsanto, debunk BS vendors, prevent Hilary Clinton from getting close to the White House, etc.


It is nearly impossible to change one’s opinion about ideas without *also* changing one’s opinion about the people associated with them.

The best way to know people is to find out what they lie about.

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