Thursday, February 05, 2009


Nassim Nicholas Taleb's pioneering books should alert us to the fallacies of model building, an appreciation of the impact of rare events, and our perception of models as reality...

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Blogger Abi said...

I couldn't take more than a few pages of Taleb's snobbery and self-importance, and his propensity to dismiss pretty much everyone else.

Well, good luck to you. When you are done with the books, perhaps you can post a summary. Given their low ideas/rant ratio, I'm sure it'll be a very short one.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

I am sorry to hear you were offended! The books are certainly provocative. I guess I did not mind the self-important pontification as much simply because of the variety of topics and fields he covers. He is all over the place, and there's fodder in there for contemplation. I will be certainly happy to pen a summary once I am done.

10:35 AM  

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