Taleb

I admire “fooled by randomness”.  But reading this list, I think Taleb is hanging out with the wrong crowd.  Sad, really.

http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2013/09/the-bed-of-procrustes/

These are Taleb’s proverbs.  A sample:

Anger

If your anger decreases with time, you did injustice; if it increases, you suffered injustice.

Advice

When we want to do something while unconsciously certain to fail, we seek advice so we can blame someone else for the failure.

Winning Arguments

You never win an argument until they attack your person.

Listening

Usually, what we call a “good listener” is someone with a skillfully polished indifference.

Modernity

Modernity: we created youth without heroism, age without wisdom, and life without grandeur.

Inversion
You can tell a lot about people from their heroes. Taleb inverts this.

People focus on role models; it is more effective to find antimodels—people you don’t want to resemble when you grow up.

Debates

In most debates, people seem to be trying to convince once another; but all they can hope for is new arguments to convince themselves.

Addiction

The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.

Writing

Writing is the art of repeating oneself without anyone noticing.

Trust

Don’t trust a man who needs an income—except if it is minimum wage. (Those in corporate captivity would do anything to “feed a family.”)

Convincing Others

You can only convince people who think they can benefit from being convinced.

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