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Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You do not want to win an argument. You want to win.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The IYI subscribes to The New Yorker, a journal designed so philistines can learn to fake a conversation about evolution, neurosomething, cognitive biases, and quantum mechanics.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Because what matters in life isn’t how frequently one is “right” about outcomes, but how much one makes when one is right. Being wrong, when it is not costly, doesn’t count – in a way that’s similar to trial-and-error mechanisms of research.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The author cites researcher David Howard’s idea of post-traumatic growth. Howard contends that some individuals faced with a traumatic event actually develop new strength.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A washing machine needs constant maintenance. It doesn’t want any harm. It wants tranquility, and you need someone to – you’re not going to harm it by continuously monitoring it and adjusting it.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I’ve debated many economists who claim to specialize in risk and probability: when one takes them slightly outside their narrow focus, but within the discipline of probability, they fall apart, with the disconsolate face of a gym rat in front of a gangster hit man.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Too much success is the enemy, too much failure is demoralizing.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It was calculated that actors who win an Oscar tend to live on average about five years longer than their peers who don’t.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We flipped a coin to see who was going to pay for the meal. I lost and paid. He was about to thank me when he abruptly stopped and said that he paid for half of it probabilistically.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Survival comes first, truth, understanding, and science later.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Clearly, an open mind is a necessity when dealing with randomness. Popper believed that any idea of Utopia is necessarily closed owing to the fact that it chokes its own refutations. The simple notion of a good model for society that cannot be left open for falsification is totalitarian. I learned from Popper, in addition to the difference between an open and a closed society, that between an open and a closed mind.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “My dream – the solution – is that we would have a National Entrepreneur Day, with the following message: Most of you will fail, disrespected, impoverished, but we are grateful for the risks you are taking and the sacrifices you are making for the sake of the economic growth of the planet and pulling others out of poverty. You are at the source of our antifragility. Our nation thanks you.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I don’t know anyone on Wall Street who goes to work every day thinking of anything but how to increase their bonus.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “To understand the future, you do not need technoautistic jargon, obsession with “killer apps,” these sort of things. You just need the following: some respect for the past, some curiosity about the historical record, a hunger for the wisdom of the elders, and a grasp of the notion of “heuristics,” these often unwritten rules of thumb that are so determining of survival. In other words, you will be forced to give weight to things that have been around, things that have survived.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Engineers and tinkerers develop things while history books are written by academics; we will have to refine historical interpretations of growth, innovation, and many such things.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “This high-yield market resembles a nap on a railway track.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Let us call Mithridatization the result of an exposure to a small dose of a substance that, over time, makes one immune to additional, larger quantities of it. It is the sort of approach used in vaccination and allergy medicine. It is not quite antifragility, still at the more modest level of robustness, but we are on our way. And we already have a hint that perhaps being deprived of poison makes us fragile and that the road to robustification starts with a modicum of harm.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Rationalism crashes in the tails.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Anything organic requires some dose of variability so it can adapt all the time, and fixing things is not a good idea.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “So let us call here the teleological fallacy the illusion that you know exactly where you are going, and that you knew exactly where you were going in the past, and that others have succeeded in the past by knowing where they were going.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Nobody reads the disclosures that roll down your computer screen. You click ‘I agree’ but you don’t know what you’re agreeing to.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “And entrepreneurship is a risky and heroic activity, necessary for growth or even the mere survival of the economy.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It certainly takes bravery to remain skeptical; it takes inordinate courage to introspect, to confront oneself, to accept one’s limitations – Scientists are seeing more and more evidence that we are specifically designed by mother nature to fool ourselves.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Scepticism is effortful and costly. It is better to be sceptical about matters of large consequences, and be imperfect, foolish and human in the small and the aesthetic.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We didn’t get where we are thanks to the sissy notion of resilience.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “People who are bred, selected, and compensated to find complicated solutions do not have an incentive to implement simplified ones.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Economics is not a science and should not be there to advise policy.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Information is antifragile; it feeds more on attempts to harm it than it does on efforts to promote it. For instance, many wreck their reputations merely by trying to defend them.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “The chief ethical rule is the following: Thou shalt not have antifragility at the expense of the fragility of others.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “When people get rich, they shed their skin-in-the-game-driven experiential mechanism. They lose control of their preferences, substituting constructed preferences for their own, complicating their lives unnecessarily, triggering their own misery.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Do not pay attention to what people say, only to what they do, and how much of their necks they are putting on the line.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It is much harder to become independent if you are wealthy than to become wealthy if you are independent.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “When you don’t have debt you don’t care about your reputation in economics circles – and somehow it is only when you don’t care about your reputation that you tend to have a good one. Just.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Let me warn against misinterpreting the message here. The argument is not against the notion of intervention; in fact I showed above that I am equally worried about underintervention when it is truly necessary. I am just warning against naive intervention and lack of awareness and acceptance of harm done by it.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Given the unattainability of perfect robustness, we need a mechanism by which the system regenerates itself continuously by using, rather than suffering from, random events, unpredictable shocks, stressors, and volatility.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Janet Yellen at the FED is equivalent to having a biology schoolteacher who has never seen blood perform brain surgery.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Just as being nice to the arrogant is no better than being arrogant toward the nice, being accommodating toward anyone committing a nefarious action condones it.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “What Erasmus called ingratitudo vulgi, the ingratitude of the masses, is increasing in the age of globalization and the Internet.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “It’s not a good idea to take a forecast from someone wearing a tie. If possible, tease people who take themselves and their knowledge too seriously.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “He who has never sinned is less reliable than he who has only sinned once. And someone who has made plenty of errors-though never the same error more than once-is more reliable than someone who has never made any.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “You are rich if and only if money you refuse tastes better than money you accept.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Michelangelo was asked by the pope about the secret of his genius, particularly how he carved the statue of David, largely considered the masterpiece of all masterpieces. His answer was: “It’s simple. I just remove everything that is not David.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A mistake is not something to be determined after the fact, but in the light of the information until that point.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Daily news and sugar confuse our system in the same manner.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “Avoid taking advice from someone who gives advice for a living, unless there is a penalty for their advice.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “We ingest probiotics because we don’t eat enough “dirt” anymore.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “I’m in favour of religion as a tamer of arrogance. For a Greek Orthodox, the idea of God as creator outside the human is not God in God’s terms. My God isn’t the God of George Bush.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A system with skin-in-the-game requirements holds together through the notion of a sacrifice in order to protect the collective or entities higher in the hierarchy that are required to survive.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “A turkey is fed for a thousand days by a butcher; every day confirms to its staff of analysts that butchers love turkeys “with increased statistical confidence.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Quote: “If you need to listen to music while walking, don’t walk; and please don’t listen to music.”
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