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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…

Discovering and Engaging Wagner

Born on this date. It’s worth giving a listen to this curated bunch of podcasts presented under the auspices of the BBC’s “Composer of the Week” series. As the one and only Bernard Williams wrote: “You can have a well-formed, deep relation to Western music while passing Wagner’s works by, finding them boring or not…

The Opium of the Intellectuals [Yet Idiot]

Raymond Aron’s classic freely available here. One of the causes of the popularity of Marxism among educated people was the fact that in its simple form it was very easy; even Sartre noticed that Marxists are lazy. Indeed, they enjoyed having one key to open all doors, one universally applicable explanation for everything, an instrument…

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…