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Epiphanies from Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Foreign Policy

There are three categories of things: Fragile things that break, like the financial system; robust things that don’t break easily but don’t improve, like the Brooklyn Bridge; and my new category, “antifragile” things that gain strength from stressors and get stronger from failure, like evolution. The fundamental problem in foreign policy is that people shoot […]

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 […]

COMMENT The Black Swan guy is back, and hes talking about you and me | 22122010 | Reactions – Global Insurance

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Every aphorism in the book is about a procrustean bed of sorts, he says in the book’s preface. “We humans, facing limits of knowledge, and things we do not observe, the unseen and the unknown, resolve the tens…

Benoit Mandelbrot, 1924-2010

In May, Nassim Taleb Tweeted, “Mandelbrot’s genius is in achieving aesthetic simplicity without having recourse to smoothness; producing harmony in highly jagged surfaces”