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Taleb in conversation with Cowen

The sound is not great but it is clear enough to discombobulate the regressive university clerisy, i.e. those rent-seeking IYI parasites! Get a degree from school, but become an autodidact. No.Education was, at some point great, fast becoming rent-seeking for a group of parasites IYIs who indoctrinate our youths. pic.twitter.com/IklI1CYsp0 — Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) September…

Dear Humanities Profs: We Are the Problem

“Academic politics are so vicious because the stakes are so small” — attributed to Henry Kissinger. Eric Bennett’s scathing assessment of activism masquerading as inquiry. “The IYI [intellectual yet idiot] pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand without ever realizing it is his understanding that may be limited” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Skin in the Game. The…

The philosophies of curdled bitterness

Stephen Hicks’ masterful critical survey of the disparate strands and ever-shifting cynical alliances, and as a consequence, dissonant morphology, offers a very accessible first orientation to understanding the shitstorm that we are currently in the midst of: “Why do they have that power in the humanities but not in the sciences? Why has a significant…

Taleb on EconTalk

Russ Roberts chats with Taleb about his latest book Skin in the Game, my copy due to be in my hands tomorrow.   complexityDecision makingexpertiseintellectual yet idiotNassim Nicholas TalebprobabilityrationalityReligionRiskRuss Robertsskin in the game

The Fordist Academic

Scathing assessment of prevailing academia by Binoy Kampmark, well and truly caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, higher education institutions are encouraged to be functional to market requirements (ROI, translational research); while on the other hand, so much of the university is given over to ideological indoctrination, activism masquerading as disinterested inquiry—i.e.…

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Looking forward to another cracking read by Taleb bitch-slapping the IYIs No.Education was, at some point great, fast becoming rent-seeking for a group of parasites IYIs who indoctrinate our youths. pic.twitter.com/IklI1CYsp0 — NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) September 23, 2017 complexityintellectual yet idiotNassim Nicholas Talebprobabilityrent-seekingskin in the game