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Nassim Taleb – The Russia Forum 2011

You can see the entire talk here. Here’s the audio NNT’s portion of the panel. NNT at The Russia Forum 2011.


























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.

New Yorker Video: Nassim Taleb on Risk and Robustness

For the inaugural video in the New Yorker Currents series, Nassim Nicholas Taleb talks with James Surowiecki about the causes of the 2008 financial crisis and the future of the economy.


RadioOpenSource.org Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The “Fragility” Crisis is Just Begun

Christopher Lydon / Nassim Taleb telephone interview.

Link to source and synopsis.

3. On bailouts: My analogy is to the gambler who is now gambling with the trust fund of his unborn great-great-granchildren… Prudence should be the first thing on the agenda of governments, not speculation. Stimulus packages are speculation… We are gambling on a massive recovery. It’s too big a gamble, and besides it’s immoral.

2. In the economic crisis, and in the Gulf of Mexico, what we should be discovering is not who made what mistake, but the fact of fragility. Alas, what we don’t learn is… that we don’t learn.

1. No government can fortify something that’s inherently fragile.