Had Nassim Taleb been born in any other period, he would have certainly been put to death.
~ Carine Chichereau, co-translator of TBS.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is one fascinating guy. His two books Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable have been sooooo thought provoking AND entertaining.

I read both in the span of a couple weeks (way too fast) and am now reading each again. The concepts are deceptively simple on the surface...and then so deep. Their counter-intuitive nature makes it hard to grasp their significance in a 30-second sound bite.

I really felt for Taleb. He was on The Colbert Report recently (a hastily arranged replacement guest, I think), and it didn't go well in my opinion. Colbert wasn't prepared and Taleb's ideas just don't come off in that format.

However, Nassim Taleb did have a profound (and lengthy) interview with Russ Roberts on EconTalk. Runs about an hour and half, but WOW! In this format, Taleb is at his argumentative best. Not augmentative in the Christopher Hitchens sense, but extremely thought provoking and eager to make his point. Taleb paints the landscape of his ideas with a colorful brush of thought experiments and Monte Carlo simulations. He doesn't really discuss theory; he's an empiricist...a skeptical empiricist...or as he labels himself in the interview, an "empirical philosopher."

Read my comments on the interview

I'm still trying to digest his ideas....Indeed, I may be doing that for some time. Hope to monologue on a few of them in this and other entries.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Website is a Mess

Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Links

KQED | Forum: Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Randomness and Probability
The show discusses randomness, probability and evidence with philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of "Fooled by Randomness" and, most recently, "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable."
"Quick Notes and Comments in the Old Style (not a blog, mostly a scratchpad for comments related to my work-in-progress & answers to some readers; basically working notes I don't end up putting in my book) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb."
NPR : 'Black Swans' and the Problems of Probability
Arlene Goldbard - Blog Archive - My New Crush
"Meet Nassim Taleb, a thinker who just might clash with the furniture. Since I discovered him a few days ago, I've been downloading, ordering books and listening to podcasts. Go to EconTalk for the best podcast, Taleb's Web site for links to most everything, and Wikipedia for an overview." This woman has some very intelligent things to say about Taleb's ideas. Well worth reading.
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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