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Nassim Taleb
Nassim Taleb
The minute companies join the S&P 500, it looks like they started committing the suicide process!
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Nassim Taleb
Companies that don't, have a huge survival advantage. Family businesses, stuff like that.
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Nassim Taleb
So it looks like when you become large enough to have investors, your policy is driven by the
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Nassim Taleb
journalist major at the Wall Street Journal who's going to comment on you!
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Nassim Taleb
Nassim Taleb
Interference is justified if those who advocate for it are willing to pay the price if they're wrong
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Nassim Taleb
You want to settle in Iraq in case something goes wrong? Be my guest!
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Nassim Taleb
We're going to listen to your opinion but you've got a price to pay if things go wrong!
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Nassim Taleb
Today Libya has a slave market! People should always pay for latrogenics!
Created by doublezeta 1 month ago for
Nassim Taleb
Nassim Taleb
Look at universities today, I mean, Google doesn't hire from universities, right?
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Nassim Taleb
In the past most people didn't go to universities, they studied a craft or trade, via apprenticeship
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Nassim Taleb
There's enough money to maintain prestige goods like Harvard,
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Nassim Taleb
but society doesn't need these universities.
Created by doublezeta 1 month ago for
Nassim Taleb
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.
Created by doublezeta 1 month ago for
Nassim Taleb
Nassim Taleb
 There's a simple rule. If something bores you, close the book. That's it, go do something else.
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Nassim Taleb
It's not that you need to stop reading cause you're bored. You're bored of that specific author.
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Nassim Taleb
Most books are boring and most books don't survive.
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Nassim Taleb
So if something bores you, skip it.
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Nassim Taleb
Nassim Taleb
It's fine to be against the market system, but please live in a commune somewhere, on a kibbutz.
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Nassim Taleb
And that's fine! I have respect for that!
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Nassim Taleb
But I don't have respect for the caviar type who criticizes the market system.
Created by doublezeta 1 month ago for
Nassim Taleb
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
Nassim Taleb
You should never tell people what they should be doing. You should tell them what you're doing.
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Nassim Taleb
I had a back injury when writing "Antifragile", and I cured it by deadlifting!
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Nassim Taleb
The reason I talk about my own deadlifting is only to say that I have skin in the game!
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Nassim Taleb
Nassim Taleb
People thought that it's a pacifist approach to not have mandatory military service.
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Nassim Taleb
It's the worst possible thing to do if you want to avoid war.
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Nassim Taleb
Cause you want people who vote in Congress for wars, to be in danger themselves!
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Nassim Taleb
Definitely would make people a lot more peaceful! A lot more peace seeking.
Created by doublezeta 1 month ago for
Nassim Taleb
Nassim Taleb
There's a choice between 2 doctors, one looks like the Hollywood version of a doctor,
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Nassim Taleb
the other, like a butcher. These 2 have the same track record, same rank at the hospital.
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Nassim Taleb
Which doctor would you pick? The butcher! Cause he had to overcome perception bias!
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Nassim Taleb
Beware of the cosmetic!
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Nassim Taleb
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
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
People ask me, what should I be doing? I'm 20 and I'll go somewhere...
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Nassim Taleb
Start a business, create jobs for others, and don't rent seek.
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Nassim Taleb
Have some skin in the game.
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Nassim Taleb
Nassim Taleb
People ask me why am I insulting people directly in my books?
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Nassim Taleb
Risk taking. I want them to sue me!
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Nassim Taleb
True virtue is risk taking. Socrates, standing up for your ideas.
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Nassim Taleb
Journalism, when you have an oppressive regime like in Latin America during these dark periods.
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Nassim Taleb
The only way I can claim a public intellectual isn't BS is if they take risk with every statement.