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Malcolm Gladwell on Nassim Taleb Nov. 2009

Another C-Span video interview. This one should be embeddable, but it’s not. The link does, however load directly to the spot in the interview where Malcom Gladwell discusses Nassim Taleb.

Q&A with Malcolm Gladwell

Nov 30, 2009


Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and writer for “The New Yorker” magazine, spoke about his writing and the state of the journalism and publishing industries. He had four books on either the New York Times Hardback Bestseller List or the New York Times Paperback Bestseller List. His most recent book, What the Dog Saw, was a compilation of stories he wrote for the New Yorker magazine. His previous best-selling books include The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), and Outliers: The Story of Success (2008). Malcolm Gladwell had been a writer for “The New Yorker” since 1996. Prior to that he wrote for The Washington Post for nine years.

After Words with Nassim Taleb – C-SPAN Video Library 2007

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Two C-Span videos from 2007 just popped up. I haven’t seen either of them! I don’t seem to be able to embed the video. I’ll also look for audio downloads and post the links if I find them.

Nasim Taleb After Words 200708

Nassim Nicholas Taleb talked about his book The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, published by Random House. In his book Mr. Taleb argues that people are too focused on what they already understand and reluctant to engage in what they don’t know. He described improbable events that have had a great effect on the world, from the September 11 terrorist attacks to the creation and success of Google. He contended that these “black swans” challenge our concept of randomness and the unknown. The guest interviewer was David Brooks.

Nassim Taleb is a former Sciences of Uncertainty professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in the Markets and in Life.

David Brooks is a columnist at the New York Times. He has been a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly as well as a senior editor at The Weekly Standard. Mr. Brooks is the author of two books, Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense.

Human Accomplishment and The Black Swan – C-SPAN Video Library 2007

Nasim Taleb-Charles Murray 200707

Charles Murray and Nassim Taleb discussed their research on interpretations of historical achievement and great human accomplishments, including the analysis of unexpected events throughout history. After their presentations they responded to audience members’ questions.

Charles Murray is the author of Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 and Nassim Taleb is the author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable.

(Click arrow to play audio) Nassim Taleb (only, please see original source for entire program).