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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

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. — NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) September 23, 2017 complexityintellectual yet idiotNassim Nicholas Talebprobabilityrent-seekingskin in the game

Soul and skin in the game

In a world overpopulated with nth rate punditry (i.e. bad faith public intellectuals) I am of the view that one of the very few who rises above the crowd is Nassim Nicholas Taleb. He is truly independent-minded, not in any ideological or financial pocket, has theoretic/practical credibility and is the most cultivated of men. He cuts…

Model of Civility

Aron strikes me as the very model of a responsible intellectual, a social philosopher of intellectual power and prudence who served his society with great courage and considerable style. — John A. Hall. The Importance of Being Civil: The Struggle for Political Decency, Princeton University Press, 2013, p. 105 Couldn’t put it better. Take a moment…