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Umberto Eco, Yiddish Proverbs, Citi, John Gray, Popper, Hayek, Bryan Appleyard, Flaneuring | Twitter

@nntaleb RIP, Umberto Eco
Ad vitam aeternam Permalink 4:09 PM – 19 Feb 2016

@nntaleb The reason we decided to not respond to this idiot.
@nickgillespie pic.twitter.com/h4eIZfvpid Permalink 2:45 PM – 19 Feb 2016

@nntaleb The Qatari/Saudi-funded BS promoted by Obamistic bureaucrats we hear about the Syrian opposition:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/02/18/the-media-are-misleading-public-syria/8YB75otYirPzUCnlwaVtcK/story.html   Permalink 1:27 PM – 19 Feb 2016

@nntaleb كذب المنجمون ولو صدقوا https://twitter.com/YiddishProverbs/status/700791249624821762   Permalink 1:19 PM – 19 Feb 2016

@nntaleb Has the Market Crash Only Just Begun? http://bloom.bg/1XxEO0X   via markets Permalink 11:18 PM – 18 Feb 2016

@nntaleb Citi is a periodically bankrupt utility. #noskininthegame

Citigroup Increases Corbat’s Pay 27% to $16.5 Million http://bloom.bg/1mKMdws   Permalink 5:13 PM – 18 Feb 2016

@fjechandi One pager on #fragilitylogic by @nntaleb at the @bankofengland’s #onebank seminar launch. pic.twitter.com/pi25ILnTAX Permalink 11:01 AM – 18 Feb 2016

@BryanAppleyard John Gray and @nntaleb compose a tweet pic.twitter.com/KFZZRWJE1h Permalink 1:37 PM – 17 Feb 2016

@nntaleb John Gray knew Popper & Hayek: Popper got angry & Hayek was indifferent with criticism for same reason: they were both knew they were right Permalink 1:40 PM – 17 Feb 2016

@nntaleb john Gray and @BryanAppleyard will next explain why Guinness is better in UK and Ireland than U.S. pic.twitter.com/pkJ8uIKZnZ Permalink 12:52 PM – 17 Feb 2016

@nntaleb Philosopher John Gray & @BryanAppleyard fixated on a piece of lamb in anotherwise quite abstract discussion. pic.twitter.com/4X8RorlYLj Permalink 11:51 AM – 17 Feb 2016

@nntaleb Flaneuring in London, seeing the minority rule: stores organic or halal. GMOs are dead.
http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/minority.pdf   pic.twitter.com/w2paMA4zCh Permalink 7:53 AM – 17 Feb 2016

John Gray: Steven Pinker is wrong about violence and war | Books | The Guardian

NNT Tweeted:

Every morning upon waking up I have been thanking Baal the greatmaster BS-buster John Gray exists. Our last hope

From the Guardian article:

The radically contingent nature of the figures is another reason for not taking them too seriously. (For a critique of Pinker’s statistical methods, see Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s essay on the Long Peace.) If the socialist revolutionary Fanya Kaplan had succeeded in assassinating Lenin in August 1918, violence would still have raged on in Russia. But the Soviet state might not have survived and could not have been used by Stalin for slaughter on a huge scale. If a resolute war leader had not unexpectedly come to power in Britain in May 1940, and the country had been defeated or (worse) made peace with Germany as much of the British elite wanted at the time, Europe would likely have remained under Nazi rule for generations to come – time in which plans of racial purification and genocide could have been more fully implemented. Discussing the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 in which nuclear war was narrowly averted, Pinker dismisses the view that “the de-escalation was purely a stroke of uncanny good luck”. Instead, he explains the fact that nuclear war was avoided by reference to the superior judgment of Kennedy and Khrushchev, who had “an intuitive grasp of game theory” – an example of increasing rationality in history, Pinker believes. But a disastrous escalation in the crisis may in fact have been prevented only by a Soviet submariner, Vasili Arkhipov, who refused to obey orders from his captain to launch a nuclear torpedo. Had it not been for the accidental presence of a single courageous human being, a nuclear conflagration could have occurred causing fatalities on a vast scale.

via John Gray: Steven Pinker is wrong about violence and war | Books | The Guardian.