You who caught the turtles better eat them (Ipsi testudines edite, qui cepistis) goes the ancient adage.

The origin of the expression is as follows. It was said that a group of fishermen caught a large number of turtles. After cooking them, they found out at the communal meal that these sea animals were much less edible that they thought: not many members of the group were willing to eat them. But Mercury happened to be passing by –Mercury was the most multitasking, sort of put-together god, as he was

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Medium Post: Why Each One Should Eat His Own Turtles: Equality in Uncertainty

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April 11th, 2017

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Writing

Nassim will be a featured presenter at the New England Complex Systems Institute’s five day certificate program in Complexity and Data Analytics, Risk & Opportunity, and Implications for Strategy and Policy from May 1-5, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Please visit the site for more details.

Nassim Will Present at the New England Complex Systems Institute

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March 16th, 2017

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Academic, Conferences

When people get rich, they shed their skin-in-the game driven experiential mechanism. They lose control of their preferences, substituting constructed preferences to their own, complicating their lives unnecessarily, triggering their own misery. And these are of course the preferences of those who want to sell them something. This is a skin-in-the-game problem as the choices of the rich are dictated by others who have something to gain, and no side effects, from the sale. And given that they are rich, and their exploiters not often so, nobody would shout victim.

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Medium Post: Only The Rich Are Poisoned

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March 16th, 2017

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Academic, Writing

The best enemy is the one you own by putting skin in his game and letting him know the exact rules that come with it. You keep him alive, in the knowledge that he owes this to your benevolence. The notion that an enemy you own is better than a dead one was perfected by the order of the Assassins, so we will do some digging into the work of that secret society.

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Medium Post: Facta non Verba: How to Own Your Enemies

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March 16th, 2017

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Academic, Writing

Looking the Part

Say you had the choice between two surgeons of similar rank in the same department in some hospital. The first is highly refined in appearance; he wears silver-rimmed glasses, has a thin built, delicate hands, a measured speech, and elegant gestures. His hair is silver and well combed. He is the person you would put in a movie if you needed to impersonate a surgeon. His office prominently boasts an Ivy League diploma, both for his undergraduate and medical schools.

The second one looks like a butcher; he is overweight,

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Medium Post: Surgeons Should Not Look Like Surgeons

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March 16th, 2017

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Writing

Nassim discusses “how ‘evidence’ about the risk of terrorism as shown in the NYT and by BS vending journos makes no sense statistically” and  “explains the difference between classes using principles of Extreme Value Theory EVT without any math.”

Video: Nassim on Naive Empiricism, Terrorism, and Ebola

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March 16th, 2017

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Academic, MOOCs, Videos

While in Jaipur, Nassim was interviewed for The Hindu. In that interview, he explains his support for Trump:

In Skin in the Game, you seem to build on theories from The Black Swan that give a sense of foreboding about the world economy. Do you see another crisis coming?

Oh, absolutely! The last crisis [2008] hasn’t ended yet because they just delayed it. [Barack] Obama is an actor. He looks good, he raises good children, he is respectable. But he didn’t fix the economic system, he put novocaine [local anaesthetic] in the system. He delayed the

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Nassim: “Trump makes sense to a grocery store owner”

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March 16th, 2017

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Politics, Statements