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Macrobullshit, Monsanto, IYI, Metrification, VIOLENCE, GAWKER, The New Artisan | Facebook

The rebellion against the “experts” that we are witnessing can be simplified: experts in some domains like economics, political science, policymaking are not experts. But we know why:

PRINCIPLE: it is easier to macrobullshit than microbullshit.

So your car mechanic, sushi chef, house painter, espresso machine repairperson, plumber, barber, dentist, Apple genius bar attendant, sanitation engineer, translator of Greco-Aramaic texts, guitar player, …, these are, to some degree, experts.

Mixing this with the concept of skin-in-the-game and the idea of complexity, we can build political structures that are immune to expert problems. 7/1/16


So it looks like Monsanto and peers were behind getting 107 Nobels to sign a petition asking Greenpeace to stop blocking Golden Rice. Obviously, science doesn’t work by authority (particularly when one of them has a Nobel in literature, a few in peace, etc.)

But the problem is that it may be about authority–in reverse. The ONLY one of the august people who ever had anything to do with risk was Robert Merton from the blown up firm LTCM who deemed such risk to be in the order of 1 in many trillions (see my books for his description as perfectly Black Swan blind). They picked the wrong PR firm.

The broader problem is that a typical aged Nobel today is someone who had his formative work in the 60s, 70s, maybe 80s, and (unless he is Murray Gell-Mann) clueless about complexity and the difficulty in interractions. And not one has done a day’s work or engaged in real world activity to have the presence of mind to verify the track record of golden rice, or realize that hunger is a problem of DISTRIBUTION not technology –you don’t advocate risky brain surgery when a good night rest could do –primum non nocere. Likewise better give people rice + vitamin rather than open the Frankenbox to fatten the pockets of Biotech.

We throw away one third of our food. Find a Nobel Prize in food distribution. 7/1/16

107 Nobel Laureate Attack on Greenpeace Traced Back to Biotech PR Operators


What’s a IYI?

Intellectual Yet Idiot: semi-erudite bureaucrat who thinks he is an erudite; pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand not realizing it is his understanding that may be limited; imparts normative ideas to others: thinks people should act according to their best interests *and* he knows their interests, particularly if they are uneducated “red necks” or English non-crisp-vowel class.

More socially: subscribes to the New Yorker; never curses on twitter; speaks of “equality of races” and “economic equality” but never went out drinking with a minority cab driver; has considered voting for Tony Blair; has attended more than 1 TEDx talks and watched more than 2 TED talks; will vote for Hillary Monsanto-Malmaison because she seems electable; has The Black Swan on his shelves but mistakes absence of evidence for evidence of absence; is member of a club to get traveling privileges; if social scientist uses statistics without knowing how they are derived; when in the UK goes to literary festivals; drinks red wine with steak (never white); used to believe that fat was harmful and has now completely reversed; takes statins because his doctor told him so; fails to understand ergodicity and when explained forgets about it soon later; doesn’t use Yiddish words; studies grammar before speaking a language; has a cousin who worked with someone who knows the Queen; has never read Frederic Dard, Michael Oakeshot, John Gray, or Joseph De Maistre; has never gotten drunk with Russians and went breaking glasses; doesn’t know the difference between Hecate and Hecuba; doesn’t know that there is no difference between “pseudointellectual” and “intellectual”; has mentioned quantum mechanics at least twice in the past 5 years; knows at any point in time what his words or actions are doing to his reputation.

But a much easier marker: doesn’t deadlift. 6/25/16


IN ANTIFRAGILE: On How Some IYI Intellectual-Yet-Imbecile in Brussels would try to regulate how people should “unify” metrics.
Warwick Cairns, a fellow similar to Jane Jacobs, has been fighting in courts to let market farmers in Britain keep selling bananas by the pound, and similar matters as they have resisted the use of the more “rational” kilogram. The idea of metrification was born out of the French Revolution, as part of the utopian mood, which includes changing the names of the winter months to Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, descriptive of weather, having decimal time, ten-day weeks, and similar naively rational matters. Luckily the project of changing time has failed. However, after re- peated failures, the metric system was implemented there—but the old system has remained refractory in the United States and England. The French writer Edmond About, who visited Greece in 1832, a dozen years after its independence, reports how peasants struggled with the metric system as it was completely unnatural to them and stuck to Ottoman standards instead. (Likewise, the “modernization” of the Arabic alpha- bet from the easy-to-memorize old Semitic sequence made to sound like words, ABJAD, HAWWAZ, to the logical sequence A-B-T-TH has cre- ated a generation of Arabic speakers without the ability to recite their alphabet.)

But few realize that naturally born weights have a logic to them: we use feet, miles, pounds, inches, furlongs, stones (in Britain) because these are remarkably intuitive and we can use them with a minimal expendi- ture of cognitive effort—and all cultures seem to have similar measure- ments with some physical correspondence to the everyday. A meter does not match anything; a foot does. I can imagine the meaning of “thirty feet” with minimal effort. A mile, from the Latin milia passum, is a thousand paces. Likewise a stone (14 pounds) corresponds to . . . well, a stone. An inch (or pouce) corresponds to a thumb. A furlong is the distance one can sprint before running out of breath. A pound, from libra, is what you can imagine holding in your hands. Recall from the story of Thales in Chapter 12 that we used thekel or shekel: these mean “weight” in Canaanite-Semitic languages, something with a physical connotation, similar to the pound. There is a certain nonrandomness to how these units came to be in an ancestral environment—and the digital system itself comes from the correspondence to the ten fingers.

As I am writing these lines, no doubt, some European Union official
of the type who eats 200 grams of well-cooked meat with 200 centiliters’ worth of red wine every day for dinner (the optimal quantity for his health benefits) is concocting plans to promote the “efficiency” of the metric system deep into the countryside of the member countries. 6/25/16

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The Nobel Symposium is a 3d retreat that takes place in Norway every 2 years, for the President of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, the secretary of the Prize, a few out of the 5 committee members and 20 scholars. I presented the paper on violence (the translation into English of our technical paper). Bear Braumoeller presented another one similarly critical of Pinker. After our session, the audience was split into:
1) Those who thought that Pinker was wrong
2) Those who thought that Pinker was not even wrong (i.e. not worth discussing).
And the agreement was to not talk about his thesis any further. Further, the organizer was told by Pinker that he did not wish to rebut our papers.

Our Non-technical paper:

Pinker builds his thesis on works by Richardson in a way that is NOT compatible with the way Richardson [which is compatible with our result] and without showing the derivations. This it turned out is a CRITICAL flaw. Words and words and the central point is pulled out of nowhere.

In our paper: “As we also find out in our data analysis, consistent with Richardson (1960), there is no sufficient evidence to reject the null hypothesis of a homogenous Poisson process, which denies the presence of any trend in the belligerence of humanity. Nevertheless, Pinker refers to some yet-unspecified mathematical model that could also support such a decline in violence, what he calls a “nonstationary” process, even if data look the way they look.” 6/22/16

Nassim Nicholas Taleb's photo.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb's photo.


The marker of the character of a person, detectable from childhood, is whether they generalize from local disagreements to other traits when they get upset. Example from real life (told by a Colombian Jew): children are playing, a small dispute erupts over something, one turns antisemitic: “you are a Jew”, throwing all what he can at the other kid. The kid did not change ethnicity during the dispute; being a Jew was not bothersome to the Catholic kid before; it is just meant for the upset party to use all possible weapons. This is why lurking prejudice is bad because it doesn’t show up on sunny days –when scapegoats are needed.

And one doesn’t have to bring ethnicity; any trait such such as “it is well known that you have a reputation of…”, anything meant to demean the person, an information that was not brought up before, only brought during the dispute.

Which is why it is a good idea to upset people and see how they react before engaging in business (or getting socially dependent) — just to see whether they generalize. You would be surprised at the number of people who don’t. And observe what people tell you about others when they are upset with them.

It would not be ethical for me to call someone a charlatan if we engage in a fight unless I’ve called him a charlatan without a fight, or if the fight is about him being a charlatan. 6/13/16


Did violence really drop? It the thesis on drop in violence BS?
Translating our technical results into more common language.
Draft of our report to the Nobel Foundation, for comments before we submit it Monday morning. Thanks in advance. 6/4/16

The Decline of Violent Conflicts: What DoThe Data Really Say? (pdf)



Journalists –as any guild, care about their peers and their community more than the general public. Except that we cannot afford to have such a community engage in a conspiracy against the laymen since they represent our interests, us the lay crowd; they are supposed to stand for the general public against inner circles of power. Journalism arose from the need to expose falsehood, take risks in exposing matters detrimental to the public; in short, counter the agency problem of the powerful. But, it is turning out, the journalism model can also work in the opposite manner: members have been effective in escaping having skin in the game –only whistleblowers and war correspondents currently do.

So one can see how this severe agency problem can explode with the Gawker story. The English tabloid machine came to the U.S. in full force with Gawker, founded by a firm that specializes in dirt on the internet. By dirt I don’t mean a fraudulent transaction abetted by some power: no, the kind of dirt that takes place in bedrooms (and even in bathrooms).

They sell voyeurism, predator voyeurism.

In other words they want to harm citizens by disclosing their private information and posting their videos without their permission in the interest of selling information. And without being accountable for it.
Gawker having posted a video of a celebrity having sex without his permission incurred a monstrous judgment of $140 million. The suit will bankrupt Gawker. Most of all, the judgment revealed that such a predatory business model will not survive, not because it is immoral, but because it has tail risks. For America has tort laws and a legal mechanism by which people harmed by corporations can be compensated for it –a mechanism that flourished thanks to Ralph Nader. It, along with the First Amendment protect citizens by putting skin in the game of the corporations.

Gawker is trying to make a First Amendment argument and unfortunately journos appear to find this justified –while normal citizens are horrified. Liberty in the thoughts of the founding fathers was not about voyeurism, but about public matters.

Gawker argued that because the person committing sex on the video they posted was a public person, that it became a “public” matter exempted from privacy protection. People failed to see that should that argument be true, then next someone spying on any public figure should be allowed to post their bedroom activity (including Hillary Clinton, Obama, anyone)… (Gawker has ruined the lives of 21 year olds posting their sex tapes and their reaction was outrageous; in one instance their lawyer Gaby Darbyshire e-mailed the woman who was in a revenge sex tape, defending the video as “completely newsworthy” and scolding her about how “one’s actions can have unintended consequences.”)

Peter Thiel, a billionaire with a vendetta against Gawker funded a law suit. Revenge motives perhaps, but this is how the market works: Gawker tries to make money therefore they need to live with the risk of someone trying to make money from their demise.
(You make money from the demise of a 21 yo, someone will make money from yours. You make yourself a vehicle for revenge porn; you become the subject of someone’s revenge. You engage in bullying someone financially weaker than you; someone stronger will bully you. There is no reason Gawker should be the only one to use asymmetry given that their very business is asymmetry against weak people–and this is general as the media is asymmetrically strong against citizens, what is commonly called “bullying” ).
I would have personally shorted Gawker (if they were publicly listed) to make money from their collapse. And I am ready to fund lawsuits against journalists who break some intellectual rules and distort people’s positions (strawman arguments).

Any journalist who supports Gawker in the name of the First Amendments fails to understand that they as a community are committing suicide because they are trivializing the reasons behind the First Amendment –and they make it conflict with other fundamental rights. And a corporation trying to warp our sacred values should go bankrupt. And anyone, like Peter Thiel, who accelerates such bankruptcy, should be thanked. 5/31/16



DISCUSSION: The New Artisan.

Anything you do to optimize your work, cut some corners, squeeze more “efficiency” out of it (and out of your life) will eventually make you hate it.

So let us open the discussion: how do you inch closer to an artisan? First, a new definition of an artisan:
1) does things for existential reasons,
2) has some type of “art” in his/her profession, stays away from most aspects of industrialization, combines art and business in some manner (his decision-making is never fully economic),
3) has some soul in his/her work: would not sell something defective or even of compromised quality because what people think of his work matters more than how much he can make out of it,
4) has sacred taboos, things he would not do even if it markedly increased profitability.

From my side, It is easy to see that a writer is effectively an artisan: book sales are not the end motive, only a secondary target (even then). You preserve some sanctity of the product with taboos (Fay Weldon put ads for Bulgari in her books which led to disgust; we do not like advertisement inside the book). You would not hire a group of writers to enter the process and “help” (some have tried, say Jerzy Kosinsky, none has seen his work survive).

Academics are also artisans. Even those economists who claim that humans are here to maximize their income, express these ideas for free, not seeing the contradiction.

DISCUSSION – Will we revert to an artisan society? Which jobs can be made artisanal? Please comment. 5/25/16

Saudi Barbarian, Syriac-Aramaic, Gawker, Minority Rule, RIP Mohammed Ali, Amioun, Omidyar, Peter Thiel | Twitter

@nntaleb In a Saudi Barbarian air lounge (no food as they would poison me): C prince to discuss killing minorities in Syria.pic.twitter.com/f39LmMAJ6Z Permalink 5:36 PM – 13 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Press has conflict of interest w/public. NYT eulogy Gawker’s General Counsel when it is a Scum job in Scum company.http://nyti.ms/1UuDzvS   Permalink 5:15 PM – 13 Jun 2016

@Tubbyturkey Wrote in big letters on my office wall: “Statistics: failure to reject null hypothesis” @nntaleb #asymmetry #RWRI Permalink 3:32 PM – 13 Jun 2016

@nntaleb People who get married many times do so because they like the transaction more than the state (& don’t understand their own preferences). Permalink 1:09 PM – 13 Jun 2016

@nntaleb I realize that people who get married often do so because they like the transaction more than the state. Permalink 12:40 PM – 13 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Is this reaaaaaaaaally true?https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/742415639982313472   Permalink 11:12 AM – 13 Jun 2016

@burtkanez I was pro-GMO ’til I read the precautionary principle by @nntalebhttps://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/715862574059937793   Permalink 9:39 AM – 13 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Petition for Syriac-Aramaic on Google Translate https://www.change.org/p/google-syriac-in-google-translate?recruiter=556330952&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=whatsapp  \ Permalink 6:58 AM – 13 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Other words like zbl (garbage) also in Greek σκύβαλα Permalink 5:44 AM – 13 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Some Syriac words like “zinnar” also exist in Greek, ζώνη, unclear which way influence went. Permalink 5:42 AM – 13 Jun 2016

@nntaleb When we look at the letter “zayin” it is even more striking how much more Aramaic our language is.pic.twitter.com/O65Js0fGEi Permalink 5:40 AM – 13 Jun 2016

@nntaleb More evidence that Levantine has Aramaic roots: 2500 words in our vocabulary.pic.twitter.com/yaIIiFAetb Permalink 4:50 AM – 13 Jun 2016

@JohnCleese Do please read Taleb and Tetlock on people’s forecasting abilities. You might become a little less sure of yourselfhttps://twitter.com/ConorFurlong/status/741970306424811520   Permalink 1:28 PM – 12 Jun 2016

@mimisheraton Followers please also follow me at http://thedailybeast.com   where I am now a columnist. Search “Kale” then “Why I Am Not A Locavore” Permalink 11:05 AM – 12 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Randomness does not look random: how to not be fooled by historical “trends” @DrCirillopic.twitter.com/KZgsN7wKkU Permalink 5:15 AM – 12 Jun 2016

@ashokatluri Intense, exhilarating and a very rewarding 5-day session on risk management by @nntaleb, R Douady and @financequant http://realworldrisk.com   Permalink 4:50 PM – 11 Jun 2016

@nntaleb The central information abt people: what is the worse thing they’ve done in their lives. #RWRI Extreme Value Theory Permalink 3:49 PM – 11 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Dopo @sothisispietro @ashokatluri No more squid ink!pic.twitter.com/P79HxgBP1C Permalink 11:19 AM – 11 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Squid ink with @sothisispietro and @ashokatluri recovering from week long seminar.pic.twitter.com/yyT7sNcJJL Permalink 11:00 AM – 11 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Tighten the band to 7<= f <= Sqrt(51)? @CutTheKnotMathpic.twitter.com/FOvqHtf3eq Permalink 8:13 AM – 11 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Anyone who associates Gawker with freedom of expression is a fraud.https://twitter.com/WIRED/status/741433548708687873   Permalink 5:57 PM – 10 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Trying to translate Procrustes into Levantinepic.twitter.com/ZmOesEz9IL Permalink 7:24 AM – 10 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Decentralization is the nightmare of lobbyists.https://twitter.com/scruton_quotes/status/741261080261988352   Permalink 6:34 AM – 10 Jun 2016

@cfshoo “Weak men act to satisfy their needs, stronger men their duties.” @nntaleb Permalink 3:59 AM – 10 Jun 2016

@Frank_S_David “If I had to relive my life I’d be even more stubborn & uncompromising.”- @nntaleb, via @farnamstreethttps://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2016/06/nassim-talebs-life-advice/   Permalink 3:44 PM – 9 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Day 4 RWRI. Raphael showing funds that blew up in the 2008 crisis had the highest Sharpe ratio. Most brilliant!pic.twitter.com/xJQJ72XRNY Permalink 1:22 PM – 9 Jun 2016

@nntaleb “I will retake every inch”, translated from Classical Arabic into English, means “Let’s talk and settle”.https://twitter.com/lrozen/status/740953136077111296   Permalink 10:10 AM – 9 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Colquhoun is the one who incited web-social media mob in the Tim Hunt affair. A despicable man.https://twitter.com/raphaels7/status/740827882243674112   Permalink 4:05 AM – 9 Jun 2016

@nntaleb RWRI Day 3 Robert Frey @financequant explaining cellular automata with high praise for @stephen_wolframpic.twitter.com/jNALz5hwWD Permalink 12:56 PM – 8 Jun 2016

@nntaleb RWRI day 3 Aaron classifying tail models and time dependence.pic.twitter.com/BRbSRl9g8I Permalink 12:31 PM – 8 Jun 2016

@DrCirillo According to @sapinker, @nntaleb and I have not read his “The Better Angels of Our Nature”. Unfortunately we did, and that’s the problem. Permalink 9:58 AM – 8 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Our next seminar is the advanced quant one, Aug 15-19, Stony Brook http://realworldrisk.com/advanced_mini-certificate_in_risk   The present one (reg) is full >60 pple Permalink 8:31 AM – 8 Jun 2016

@nntaleb “You don’t build a house based on a weather report”, Robert Frey @financequant Third day of http://Realworldrisk.com  pic.twitter.com/l58jQHHuSe Permalink 8:26 AM – 8 Jun 2016

@nntaleb How Pinker treats data.pic.twitter.com/cRcL8xy0fw Permalink 4:37 AM – 8 Jun 2016

@ninarosenwald A #Turkish professor was just suspended. His heinous crime? Tweeting critically about the conquest of Constantinople http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8213/turkish-professor-suspended-over-tweet   Permalink 4:33 AM – 7 Jun 2016

@dottorpax Ci trovate anche il mio articolo con @nntaleb sul rischio di guerre e conflitti armati.https://twitter.com/signmagazine/status/720661746730594304   Permalink 9:36 AM – 7 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Hirshberg’s beneficial ignorance theory is … sociobullshit, @BentFlyvbjerg shows http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X15301030  pic.twitter.com/1ZTN5zFWTG Permalink 3:24 AM – 7 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Intellectuals & talking-class (journos) are posing as representatives of the public. But they represent what the public doesn’t want to be. Permalink 7:14 AM – 5 Jun 2016

@SandroDemaio #WorldEnvironmentDay ’16. Fires in #California #Floods in Paris Drought in Malawi Storms in Sydney #WED2016 #auspolpic.twitter.com/frZUcjmNG2 Permalink 2:12 AM – 5 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Minority rule: the world is a better place because of very few intolerant people. http://fooledbyrandomness.com/minority.pdf  https://twitter.com/EDarier/status/739400089945407488   Permalink 3:16 AM – 5 Jun 2016

@nntaleb RIP Mohammed Ali. A great man, not because of boxing, but because he walked the walk when he talked the talk. Respect. Permalink 1:57 PM – 4 Jun 2016

@nntaleb By policy, block anyone who commits sophistry. And, typically, block or mute their friends. Life gets much better.https://twitter.com/JodiKoberinski/status/739190994378346497   Permalink 1:35 PM – 4 Jun 2016

@nntaleb N N Taleb’s AUB Commencement Address 2016 (Excerpts) https://youtu.be/Q_yUUNfEwok   via @YouTube Permalink 12:56 PM – 4 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Where we find out journos are NOT representative of the public. Only 7% of interpret 1st amend incorrectly #Gawkerhttps://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/738832115823968256   Permalink 11:41 AM – 4 Jun 2016

@nntaleb For comments: translation of our work on violence. No, violence didn’t drop.@DrCirillo https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/50282823/violence-nobel.pdf  pic.twitter.com/vAxovRVEgC Permalink 5:58 AM – 4 Jun 2016

@GuruAnaerobic The hidden rationality of Homeopathy – reduction of harm. My piece in the Daily Mail.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3619719/Could-homeopathy-HELP-NHS-stopping-people-minor-ailments-seeking-unnecessary-medical-treatment.html   Permalink 2:49 PM – 3 Jun 2016

@nntaleb The point is to test people’s understanding of Freedom of Expression. @StingMccoy Permalink 1:45 PM – 3 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Does the First Amendment (freedom of speech) cover Gawker posting spy camera sexual scenes of you against your will? Permalink 1:37 PM – 3 Jun 2016

@EHSANI22 Erdogan hands down worst strategic player in Syrian crisis. Failed to remove Assad. Helped the Kurds dream big. Permalink 1:03 PM – 3 Jun 2016

@nntaleb I read the book. I have trouble with his definition of “belief” without revelation of preferences.https://twitter.com/samuelegreen/status/738707654944555009   Permalink 11:50 AM – 3 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Two pages setting Quantitative historiography applied to Violence presented to the Nobel Foundation @DrCirillopic.twitter.com/8Id0xuVCGq Permalink 9:38 AM – 3 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Casualty of Gawker’s support by journos: idiots conflating 1st amndmnt for arguments & publishing revenge sex sceneshttps://twitter.com/jbsil/status/738719636712198144   Permalink 6:23 AM – 3 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Deficiency in logic: Complain that Peter Thiel is bullying legal systm as he is richer than Gawker. But Gawker is richer than its victims! Permalink 5:29 AM – 3 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Indeed, Atheism is a sect of Protestantism. (For one to be an atheist, religious “belief” has to be epistemic.) @holland_tom Permalink 4:45 AM – 3 Jun 2016

@holland_tom If Hinduism is a single religion, consistency requires Judaism, Xianity & Islam be categorised as sects of a single religion – Stietencron Permalink 4:19 AM – 3 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Removed some typos @DrCirillopic.twitter.com/cVX898hKB4 Permalink 4:16 AM – 3 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Finishing paper for the Nobel Foundation debunking Pinker’ theory of drop in violence, w/@DrCirillopic.twitter.com/0oLFcWQW4t Permalink 3:59 AM – 3 Jun 2016

@enzolamberti Heuristic a la @nntaleb:if uncertain where common people’re heading,ask commentators for directions then go oppositehttp://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21699914-democratic-challenger-thinks-he-still-has-shot-nomination-hes?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/2016062n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/EU/n   Permalink 2:49 PM – 2 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Antifragility & Medicine, finally a clean first draft for @markomanka ‘s Springer Handbook https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/50282823/medicine.pdf  pic.twitter.com/7sv0VX6e5F Permalink 2:00 PM – 2 Jun 2016

@nntaleb 2nd ed paperback coming soon with 50% more aphorismshttps://twitter.com/JamPetrich/status/738430022030139392   Permalink 12:37 PM – 2 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Medical Article almost done, https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/50282823/medicine.pdf   Looking for Non-Medieval necessary a priori truths in Medicine!pic.twitter.com/HQ1rJPRWJV Permalink 2:32 PM – 1 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Which explains why p-values don’t work at all for risk management.https://twitter.com/alxpr1c3/status/738064147439583232   Permalink 1:22 PM – 1 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Typical journos combine low IQ, low practical sense, low erudition, buzzword driven grasp,& a high sense of entitlement. An explosive combo! Permalink 12:31 AM – 1 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Added: Gawker bullies citizens, strong citizens bully Gawker. Asymmetry meets asymmetry! https://www.facebook.com/nntaleb/posts/10153873892038375  pic.twitter.com/YDkJFTcRNC Permalink 12:04 AM – 1 Jun 2016

@nntaleb Explain.https://twitter.com/brasswax/status/737771935942246401   Permalink 5:27 PM – 31 May 2016

@nntaleb Intuitive presentation of Girsanov’s Theorem in Dynamic Hedging @DrCirillopic.twitter.com/j46O2H7Wcv Permalink 5:00 PM – 31 May 2016

@nntaleb CITIZENS vs JOURNALISTS & CITIZENS vs GAWKER. Citizens usually end up winning. https://www.facebook.com/nntaleb/posts/10153873892038375   Permalink 9:50 AM – 31 May 2016

@nntaleb Finally found the Peshitta in bilingual Syriac-Arabic much easier to read : ” Breshit bro Aloho”.pic.twitter.com/GMoLvQuH9b Permalink 7:21 AM – 31 May 2016

@nntaleb Gawker or why Journos cannot escape having Skin in the Game.pic.twitter.com/GrZZ6ZiW7t Permalink 5:43 AM – 31 May 2016

@nntaleb Many “irrational” behavior comes from unsophisticated academics. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/50282823/pseudobiases.pdf   @george_cooper__ @rorysutherland @jasonacollins Permalink 12:12 AM – 31 May 2016

@nntaleb If 1 knows Arabic & Sharia &argue FROM it they hide/can’t say Islamophobe. 6 ancestors were Jurists @pootsie121165 @Noahpinion @holland_tom Permalink 11:48 PM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb Photius! He had the largest library.https://twitter.com/aarondwarwick/status/737396629863419904   Permalink 11:19 PM – 30 May 2016

@sankrant Insightful comment by @nntaleb applicable to the “sophisticated, liberal, urban English Class” in India. @sankrantpic.twitter.com/fXh7UfFccx Permalink 1:44 PM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb Since my debunking of BSvendor Noah @noahpinion (still going) pple leave me alone, so I am now defending my friends.https://twitter.com/ArnauGM/status/737380239995744256   Permalink 1:32 PM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb (desert port) Permalink 1:25 PM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb Just as Alexandria was a Greek port while rest was Egyptian, Damascus was an Arab port even during Omayad while rest was Byzantine-Aramaic. Permalink 1:24 PM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb Mr Ansar, false accusations (such as ag @holland_tom) are criminal under Islamic law. You are not a lawyer. @MoAnsarpic.twitter.com/rymiJB2rv4 Permalink 12:39 PM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb La scienza cresce mostrando ciò che è sbagliato, non dichiarando ciò che è giusto [scienza Popperiana] @ThManfredi @dottorpax Permalink 10:06 AM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb Almost complete documents on Antifragility in Medicine. For comments https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/50282823/medicine.pdf  pic.twitter.com/vOKwO3gDMP Permalink 9:57 AM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb Want to keep your intelligence intact through life? Simply do not utter intellectually & logically offensive tweets.https://twitter.com/DarrenSpicoli/status/737321842440953858   Permalink 9:41 AM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb Mr Ansar, lying is mu7arram by Sharia. So why are you lying about Mr Holland? @holland_tom @MoAnsarpic.twitter.com/VgSKVeDqjL Permalink 5:21 AM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb Mr Ansar, I doubt you know Arabic (given your reputation as a charlatan). Just in case حبل الكذب قصير @holland_tom @MoAnsar Permalink 3:15 AM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb Excellent! Political studies, or pol philosophy! Problem is people use “science” for scientism & BS regressions.https://twitter.com/BenKlass/status/737216962724384768   Permalink 2:43 AM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb The “science” in pol science, like the “democratic” in “Democratic Pple’s Rep of Korea”, is used to hide the scam.https://twitter.com/SLdeLange/status/737199516328296448   Permalink 1:36 AM – 30 May 2016

@kcfaul Long tail risks. Seems safe today (gmo for example) until the problem is uncovered in the future @nntalebhttps://twitter.com/nytimes/status/737173895514607616   Permalink 12:11 AM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb In Byzantium the Orthodox Patriach was often a man of deeds, not necessarily cleric. And didn’t wear ties.https://twitter.com/KremlinRussia_E/status/736629519403102209   Permalink 1:00 AM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb 2) Mr Hanretty your formation as a charlatan consists in bullshitting abt things you are clueless about. I am a scientist. @chrishanretty Permalink 12:58 AM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb 1) Mr Hanretty, are you suggesting that one should bullshit like astrologers abt opaque things in order to bust astrologers? @chrishanretty Permalink 12:57 AM – 30 May 2016

@nntaleb Mr Ansar, why are you disseminating lies about Tom Holland to your followers?Does your status allow special exemption? @holland_tom @MoAnsar Permalink 11:43 PM – 29 May 2016

@nntaleb Congratulating my cousin Rene Shammas for his election as a member of the municipality of Amiounpic.twitter.com/YBf4ozWKed Permalink 1:27 PM – 29 May 2016

@nntaleb Problem moved away from Gawker (bus now risky): journos’ *sense of entitlement* to harm citizens, promotion of fallacies abt 1st amendment. Permalink 8:35 AM – 29 May 2016

@nntaleb How many of these “600 economists” saw the risks that caused the 2008 crisis? Economists are clueless. Kapish?https://twitter.com/George_Osborne/status/736827489008406528   Permalink 7:58 AM – 29 May 2016

@InjuredThales @czwalsh @nntaleb I guarantee that 99.9% of those defending Gawker now would be outraged if they released a Michelle and Barack sex tape. Permalink 4:37 PM – 28 May 2016

@WalterWhiteBC @nntaleb Mr.Taleb thanks for standing up to lunatics confusing free speech w/ porno voyerism anarchy and personal asymmetric destruction Permalink 2:29 PM – 28 May 2016

@nntaleb Even for public figures, there is information and there is porno voyeurism. Spy cameras in bathrooms of public figs?https://twitter.com/czwalsh/status/736671628331978754   Permalink 2:35 PM – 28 May 2016

@nntaleb Ben, societies have been shown to have had over history a clear idea of what is moral or not. @bhorowitz @kaimac @lkoturner @MichialFarmer Permalink 2:32 PM – 28 May 2016

@nntaleb Theil help make the voyeuristic business model very costly. It’s the “mahket” for risk. @John_Hempton @amoselberg @Gawker Permalink 2:27 PM – 28 May 2016

@nntaleb The nub: journos being low IQ, impractical & logically deficient, think judges are also stupid & low IQ. They’re nothttps://twitter.com/diomavro/status/736666106291703809   Permalink 2:23 PM – 28 May 2016

@nntaleb Journos like Gawker exploiting freedom of speech by equating it to videos of your sex life on web. #Logicalfallacyhttps://twitter.com/leonletto/status/736656830651322369   Permalink 1:50 PM – 28 May 2016

@nntaleb Fucking moron, Gawker has ruined the lives of college students! @gammatrader09 Permalink 1:26 PM – 28 May 2016

@kluslim This is a serious issue. All your snap stories could be used by your “friends” as “journalism”https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/736651610198179840   Permalink 1:17 PM – 28 May 2016

@nntaleb If Gawker wins higher court appeal then NECESSARILY anyone can post your PRIVATE activity videos ag. your will. It is Citizens vs “Journos”. Permalink 1:13 PM – 28 May 2016

@nntaleb What will kill Gawker & #pseudo1stamendment fake journalism isn’t HulkHog but 21 y.o ruined w/o “newsworthy” justif.pic.twitter.com/7sMWMZlPMm Permalink 12:49 PM – 28 May 2016

@abhi2point0 “A journalist defending Gawker is like a certified public accountant defending Enron.” Wordhttps://twitter.com/munilass/status/735989191453081603   Permalink 10:41 AM – 28 May 2016

@nntaleb I see no difference betw spending 20 years of researching the tomb of Aristotle & the 10th C. morbid worship of ecclesiastical relics. Permalink 7:46 AM – 28 May 2016

@balajis “Gawker manufactured a story that accused someone of rapeapparently for clicks and giggles” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-womack/james-franco-gawker_b_7816032.html  pic.twitter.com/2Gl2MKfPVL Permalink 11:18 PM – 27 May 2016

@nntaleb Aristotle’s tomb may be good for local hotels, but conflating fetishism and contribution to knowledge is v. offensive to the philosopher. Permalink 5:00 AM – 28 May 2016

@nntaleb Commencement Address at the American University in Beirut http://fooledbyrandomness.com/AUBCommencement.pdf   Permalink 12:13 AM – 28 May 2016

@nntaleb If Omidyar wants to fight for freedom of sp, back reals journos fighting power, not scum Gawker prying on 21 y.o.!!!https://twitter.com/business/status/736358883636174848   Permalink 11:47 PM – 27 May 2016

@nntaleb Bankrupting immoral journalists is good for journalism.https://twitter.com/lkoturner/status/736203748096118784   Permalink 7:42 AM – 27 May 2016

@nntaleb I find it a very honorable use of one’s money to bankrupt sites like Gawker. Thank you Peter Theil.https://twitter.com/lkoturner/status/736203748096118784   Permalink 7:40 AM – 27 May 2016

@nntaleb It appears that the Thiel vs Gawker is about skin in the game for journos. Sorry journos, but you won’t escape SITGhttps://twitter.com/_ravisun/status/736193591798685699   Permalink 7:02 AM – 27 May 2016

@nntaleb Compendaria res improbitas: Shortcuts lead to vice, long road to virtue. The Artisan’s life https://www.facebook.com/nntaleb/posts/10153860152453375  pic.twitter.com/6yJO40wtb3 Permalink 6:54 AM – 27 May 2016

@nntaleb My experience: journos label as “thin skinned” those who make them accountable/responsible for their actions.https://twitter.com/Cimmerian999/status/736179882305179648   Permalink 6:42 AM – 27 May 2016

@MichialFarmer @lkoturner @nntaleb Do you think posting sex tapes of private citizens qualifies as “good journalism,” then? Permalink 3:16 AM – 27 May 2016

@nntaleb Enlightnment heroes, when framed sanctiness of “freedom of expression”,did not have Gawker & Engligh Tabloidism in mind. Delenda Gawker Permalink 1:45 PM – 26 May 2016

@nntaleb As @RyanHoliday shows,defending Gawker that drives 21 yo to contemplate suicide in the name of 1rst amnd is criminalpic.twitter.com/hOIe1NlAFQ Permalink 1:38 PM – 26 May 2016

@nntaleb 2) The purpose of the freedom of speech/1st amendment is not to favor sellers of voyeurism/gawkerism. Voyeurism hijacks freedom of speech. Permalink 1:14 PM – 26 May 2016

@nntaleb 1)Don’t believe the “Gawker goes after the poweful” scam. They punish the weak. Voyeurism is not journalism. Kapish?pic.twitter.com/hSfoNTuOqF Permalink 1:11 PM – 26 May 2016

@nntaleb Squid in and Lebanese rose in Beirut. Pasta >> risotopic.twitter.com/fAQ2PNLEus Permalink 10:28 AM – 26 May 2016

@jc8136 @oiwoods You should rather be appalled that only a rich guy can afford such a case! @nntaleb @POLITICOMag Permalink 4:43 AM – 26 May 2016

@nntaleb Gawer has destroyed lives of college students by posting videos ag their will. &they bullied them using their power. @oiwoods @POLITICOMag Permalink 4:33 AM – 26 May 2016

@nntaleb 2/ In other words, voyeurism should not be the province of the press. Permalink 4:26 AM – 26 May 2016

@nntaleb Calling Gawker a “digital publisher” is equivalent to calling the mafia a “social club” or manure a”natural perfume”https://twitter.com/POLITICOMag/status/735664105453916160   Permalink 4:05 AM – 26 May 2016