Tag Archives: Nassim Taleb

Quotes Du Jour: On the Intellectual Yet Idiot

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Over here, commenter Gary Jones shared some wisdom for ages: Having a high IQ doesn’t prevent you from being stupid. In fact, it lets you be stupid in ever more complex ways. Amplifying on that, Nassim Taleb writes … Continue reading

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The UR Syllabus of Shitlordery

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Browsing my Facebook feed the past few days, I’ve been astonished at the amount of hysterical, sloppy thinking I’ve seen from many of my otherwise smart friends. How you can see a (likely gay) Muslim man shoot up … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The *establishment* composed of journos, BS-Vending talking heads with well-formulated verbs, bureaucrato-cronies, lobbyists-in training, New Yorker-reading semi-intellectuals, image-conscious empty suits, Washington rent-seekers and other “well thinking” members of the vocal elites are not getting the point about what … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Razib’s blogging is now to be found here. “Rescuing the female body from commercialization and commodification is one of the great tasks that lies before our civilization,” writes Lloyd Fonvielle. Read our interview with Lloyd here. Is … Continue reading

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Blowhard, Esq. writes: How Japan keeps Muslims at arm’s length. A short interview with Nassim Taleb. (H/T Paleo Retiree) The Cathedral begins the smearing of Ed Snowden. 25 Things to Know About Sexism & Misogyny in Publishing. The incoherence is … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: A rave review from the Huffington Post for Polly Frost’s one-woman show “Bad Role Models.” Demographic note du jour. Steve Sailer wonders if Mexicans are like or unlike previous generations of immigrants. Some appreciation for the alternative-monetary-system … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s “Antifragile”

Atypical Neutoric writes: This will not be a book review in the classic sense, i.e. I will not pick nits or ride a hobby horse. Nor will I deliberately misunderstand the author’s position, all the easier to replace it with … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Steve Sailer wants to know: If blacks and Hispanics aren’t getting into elite NYC high schools much, but Asians are getting in at a phenomenal rate, does it really make sense to call the admissions process (and the … Continue reading

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More on Symbolism

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Last night I opened my copy of Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness and was greeted with this passage: At the cost of appearing biased, I have to say that the literary mind can be intentionally prone to the … Continue reading

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The Brits Really Know How to Design a Book Cover

Blowhard, Esq. writes: My copy of Nassim Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness arrived today to match my copy of The Black Swan. I specifically tracked down the UK editions b/c the covers are so wonderful. Bold, colorful, hazy, eye-catching. They have a visually consistent … Continue reading

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