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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Arabic: ???? ????? ??????, alternatively Nessim or Nissim, born 1960) is a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader, and risk analyst, whose work focuses on problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. His 2007 book The Black Swan was described in a review by The Sunday Times as one of the twelve most influential books since World War II.

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People have the problem of denial. This is one of the things I learned in Lebanon. Everybody who lef ...

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Nature builds things that are antifragile. In the case of evolution, nature uses disorder to grow st ...

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Most so-called writers keep writing and writing with the hope, some day, to find something to say.

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The track record of economists in predicting events is monstrously bad. It is beyond simplification; ...

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Individuals should think about the worst-case scenarios and plan for them. The world will be crazier ...

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The next time you experience a blackout, take some solace by looking at the sky. You will not recogn ...

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We humans lack imagination, to the point of not even knowing what tomorrow's important things will l ...

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We know from chaos theory that even if you had a perfect model of the world, you'd need infinite pre ...

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If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; ...

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Ideas come and go, stories stay.

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Charm is the ability to insult people without offending them; nerdiness the reverse

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Intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant.

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It is a sign of weakness to avoid showing signs of weakness.

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Don't aim to be perfect! Aim to be antifragile

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They think that intelligence is about noticing things are relevant (detecting patterns); in a comple ...

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