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Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Organisms need, to use the metaphor of Marcus Aurelius, to turn obstacles into fuel – just as fire does.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Normative Economics is like religion without the aesthetics.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It might be useful to be able to predict war. But tension does not necessarily lead to war, but often to peace and to denouement.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You can tell how poor someone feels by the number of times he references “money” in his conversation.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “No, businessmen as risk takers are not subjected to the judgment of other businessmen, only to that of their personal accountant.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Our sophistication continuously puts us ahead of ourselves, creating things we are less and less capable of understanding.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “People often need to suspend their self-promotion, and have someone in their lives they do not need to impress. This explains dog ownership.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Never hire an academic unless his function is to partake of the rituals of writing papers or taking exams.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “This lack of translation is a mental handicap that comes with being a human; and we will only start to attain wisdom or rationality when we make an effort to overcome and break through it.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Further, my characterization of a loser is someone who, after making a mistake, doesn’t introspect, doesn’t exploit it, feels embarrassed and defensive rather than enriched with a new piece of information, and tries to explain why he made the mistake rather than moving on. These types often consider themselves the “victims” of some large plot, a bad boss, or bad weather.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you let markets – in general, my belief is that if you let markets give you information, they’ll give you the information rather than artificially prop up everything.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The main idea behind complex systems is that the ensemble behaves in ways not predicted by its components.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “There are so many things we can do if we focus on antiknowledge, or what we do not know.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “This is the central illusion in life: that randomness is risky, that it is a bad thing – and that eliminating randomness is done by eliminating randomness.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Humans will believe anything you say provided you do not exhibit the smallest shadow of diffidence; like animals, they can detect the smallest crack in your confidence before you express it. The trick is to be as smooth as possible in personal manners. It is much easier to signal self-confidence if you are exceedingly polite and friendly; you can control people without having to offend their sensitivity.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Makridakis and Hibon reached the sad conclusion that “statistically sophisticated or complex methods do not necessarily provide more accurate forecasts than simpler ones.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Life is sacrifice and risk taking, and nothing that doesn’t entail some moderate amount of the former, under the constraint of satisfying the latter, is close to what we can call life. If you do not undertake a risk of real harm, reparable or even potentially irreparable, from an adventure, it is not an adventure.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “What we need to do is break the financial community’s grip on society.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I will repeat the following until I am hoarse: it is contagion that determines the fate of a theory in social science, not its validity.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you are in banking and lending, surprise outcomes are likely to be negative for you.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You can tell how uninteresting a person is by asking him whom he finds interesting.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Rank beliefs not by their plausibility but by how much harm they might cause.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you engage in a Black Swan–dependent activity, it is better to be part of a group.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire. Likewise with randomness, uncertainty, chaos: you want to use them, not hide from them. You want to be the fire and wish for the wind. This summarizes this author’s nonmeek attitude to randomness and uncertainty.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The opposite of fragile is something that gains from disorder.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We have managed to transfer religious belief into gullibility for whatever can masquerade as science.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The grandchildren should not bear the debts of the grandparents.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The number of cultured people dropped below some critical level. Suddenly the place became a vacuum. Brain drain is hard to reverse, and some of the old refinement may be lost forever.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A life saved is a statistic; a person hurt is an anecdote. Statistics are invisible; anecdotes are salient.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Start by being nice to every person you meet. But if someone tries to exercise power over you, exercise power over him.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Most people fear being without audiovisual stimulation because they are too repetitive when they think and imagine things on their own.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “People try to impress you with the things they have done... You should be more impressed with things they would never do.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Half of life – the interesting half of life – we don’t have a name for.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I hated school because I liked to daydream and the system tried to stop me from that.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Like tormenting love, some thoughts are so antifragile that you feed them by trying to get rid of them, turning them into obsessions. Psychologists have shown the irony of the process of thought control: the more energy you put into trying to control your ideas and what you think about, the more your ideas end up controlling you.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The Nation-state: apartheid without political incorrectness.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Hire the successful trader, conditional on a solid track record, whose details you can understand the least.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A word on the display of emotions. Almost no one can conceal his emotions. Behavioral scientists believe that one of the main reasons why people become leaders is not from what skills they seem to possess, but rather from what extremely superficial impression they make on others through hardly perceptible physical signals – what we call today “charisma,” for example. The biology of the phenomenon is now well studied under the subject heading “social emotions.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The “persecution” of the Christians had vastly more to do with the intolerance of the Christians for the pantheon of local gods than the reverse. What we read is history written by the Christian side, not the Greco-Roman one.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The problem is that we humans are prone to the availability heuristic, by which the salient is mistaken for the statistical, and the conspicuous and emotional effect of an event makes us think it is occurring more regularly than in reality. This helps us to be prudent and careful in daily life, forcing us to add an extra layer of protection, but.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You don’t become completely free just by avoiding to be a slave; you also need to avoid becoming a master.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Of course skills count, but they do count less in highly random environments than they do in dentistry.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We see the obvious and visible consequences, not the invisible and less obvious ones. Yet those unseen consequences... , generally are more meaningful.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Realism is punishing. Probabilistic skepticism is worse.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “This, perhaps is true self-confidence: the ability to look at the world without the need to find signs that stroke one’s ego.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The market is like a large movie theater with a small door.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A BS DETECTION HEURISTIC The heuristic here would be to use education in reverse: hire, conditional on an equal set of skills, the person with the least label-oriented education. It means that the person had to succeed in spite of the credentialization of his competitors and overcome more serious hurdles. In addition, people who didn’t go to Harvard are easier to deal with in real life.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It is no secret that large corporations prefer people with families; those with downside risk are easier to own, particularly when they are choking under a large mortgage.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The Web is an unhealthy place for someone hungry for attention.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “People have the problem of denial. This is one of the things I learned in Lebanon. Everybody who left Beirut when the war started, including my parents, said, ‘Oh, its temporary.’ It lasted 17 years! People tend to underestimate the gravity of these situations. That’s how they work.”
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