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Nassim Taleb
Nassim Taleb
What we're observing is not a riot against experts, but a riot against a certain kind of experts.
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Nassim Taleb
I call those IYI, intellectual yet idiots, because of lack of contact with reality.
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Nassim Taleb
Anything that, like Academia, doesn't have contact with reality, collapses.
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Nassim Taleb
Sometimes you read something that's completely BS, it takes more energy to displace BS than truth.
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Nassim Taleb
It's the opposite. Truth is a basin of attraction, it has been over history.
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Nassim Taleb
So eventually things will revert to the truth.
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Nassim Taleb
People don't realize that what I'm writing in Skin in the Game is an outcry against BS intellectuals
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Nassim Taleb
who're actually pseudo left. They want identity politics, it's actually a form of racial segregation
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Nassim Taleb
The way they define themselves, it's a white supremacist type of thing.
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Nassim Taleb
Everything they do is backwards!
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Nassim Taleb
Don't shoot for equality, shoot for a high bankruptcy rate.
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Nassim Taleb
People have the illusion that you want opportunity so people are able to go up.
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Nassim Taleb
No! You want people to come down from the top!
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Nassim Taleb
I came from practice to theory, usually people go from theory to practice.
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Nassim Taleb
This parallels that people have the illusion that technology comes from science, it's the other way.
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Nassim Taleb
They started doing something, didn't know why it worked, and someone claimed credit later on.
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Nassim Taleb
What I call "Lecturing birds how to fly."
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Nassim Taleb
Of course you're going to have a lot of warmongers today, this is a danger for humanity!
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Nassim Taleb
They'll use any excuse they can, even leftist ideas, cause our merchants know how to play the system
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Nassim Taleb
They can say humanitarian war, or like in Libya, change of regime. "But look, we have democracy"
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Nassim Taleb
You kill everyone and say, well look, their cholesterol level improved.
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Nassim Taleb
You cannot have civilised society unless those who create risks aren't also aware of the risk.
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Nassim Taleb
Ludic Fallacy is that the probability or risk and uncertainty that we encounter in life,
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Nassim Taleb
has very little to do with things you encounter in casinos or games. 
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Nassim Taleb
Ludic comes from games in Latin.
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Nassim Taleb
I realised people who traded have a different worldview than those who came from theory.
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Nassim Taleb
I figured out that those who became practitioners after knowing theory always blew up!
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Nassim Taleb
There's something in the mindset of people who studied economics that made them blow up.
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Nassim Taleb
Excepting mathemathicians, because they're sort of theory free.
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Nassim Taleb
People tolerate inequality if the person at the top got there via risk taking, not rent seeking.
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Nassim Taleb
And more significantly, if they have a chance to collapse.
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Nassim Taleb
It's very, very compatible to be communist in your village, and libertarian at the federal level,
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Nassim Taleb
and Democrats for the county, while being Republican for the state. It's perfectly compatible!
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Nassim Taleb
You cannot have a political opinion without attaching a scale to it.
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Nassim Taleb
The silver rule: don't do to others what you don't want them to do to you.
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Nassim Taleb
You can't have civilization without the silver rule.
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Nassim Taleb
Unfortunately, people don't understand it extends to international affairs.
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Nassim Taleb
Treat other countries the way you'd like other countries to treat you if you were weaker.
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Nassim Taleb
What was the idea of Hammurabi's code? It wasn't eye for eye, limiting damages and balancing things.
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Nassim Taleb
It was that you cannot walk away from risks you've created for others.
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Nassim Taleb
You should own your risks! That's the idea of Hammurabi's code.
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Nassim Taleb
If a book can be summarized then two things:
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One, it will not survive.
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Nassim Taleb
Second thing, it's not worth reading.
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People who have scars command respect. People who take risks command respect.
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Nassim Taleb
People don't realize it but that's what's happening.
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Nassim Taleb
It's a very bad idea for parties to propose candidates who're lifetime bureaucrats.
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