Why Read Literature?

To someone who tries to understand the world, reading literature might seem like wasted time. Why read something that is not true? Why read something that’s a product of someone’s imagination?

Being a social scientist myself, this question bothered me for a long time. However, once I started exploring some good authors, I quickly realized that reading literature might be more beneficial than reading social science books. That is if you aim to understand the social world and human behavior.

Original Link: https://www.nuggetsofthought.com/2018/08/22/taleb-literature-books
Written by: Milovan of Nuggets of Thought

Nassim’s Favorite Literature Books and Essays

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August 28th, 2018


Book Reviews

From Nassim Taleb’s Facebook Page:

My Technical Incerto Vol1: The Statistical Consequences of Fat Tails is almost done. This is the freely available draft for error correction.


Link to Paper: https://www.academia.edu/37221402/TECHNICAL…
Link to Facebook Discussion: https://www.facebook.com/nntaleb/posts/10156061900203375

Technical Incerto, Vol 1: The Statistical Consequences of Fat Tails

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August 18th, 2018


Academic, Writing

From the website:

The third annual Ron Paul Institute Washington, DC, Peace and Prosperity Conference includes a special focus on the symbiosis between the mainstream media and the warfare state. How does the mainstream media promote war and, conversely, how does the war machine promote the mainstream media? How do the militarist interventionists collude with the mainstream media to prevent alternative media from having a voice? Remember “PropOrNot”? The Atlancic Council? “Hamilton 68”? How does the US government misuse its citizens’ money to propgandize them into supporting endless, winless, pointless wars? To propagandize them into viewing any alternative media questioning the permanent warfare state as “unpatriotic” or even “agents of a foreign power”?

Sat, August 18, 2018
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM EDT

Washington Dulles Airport Marriott
45020 Aviation Drive
Dulles, VA 20166
United States

For tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rpi-peace-and-prosperity-2018-media-war-tickets-46590140364

Nassim Taleb speaking at RPI Peace and Prosperity 2018: Media & War

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August 3rd, 2018

Nassim Nicholas Taleb talks with us about why scale matters, why localism is better than globalism, why journalists get on his nerves, how intellectual-yet-idiots get us into trouble, why stated beliefs habitually fail to reveal underlying preferences, and much else.

Link iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/likeville/id1351295016?mt=2

For non-Apple users – https://overcast.fm/+MApFBBGos


[Podcast] A Celebration of What Works (E26) – Likeville Podcast

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July 10th, 2018


Audio, Podcasts

From the website: The International Conference on Complex Systems is a unique interdisciplinary forum that unifies and bridges the traditional domains of science and a multitude of real world systems. Participants will contribute and be exposed to mind expanding concepts and methods from across the diverse field of complex systems science.

Conference: July 22-27, 2018
Cambridge, MA, USA

…Link to more details including registration here.

Nassim Taleb speaking at the 9th International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS 2018)

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July 6th, 2018





Definition: Argument involving children to prop up a rationalization and make the opponent look like an asshole, as people are defenseless and suspend all skepticism in front of suffering children: nobody has the heart to question the authenticity or source of the reporting. Often done with the aid of pictures.

Can also describe the exploitation of babies by professional beggars who rent them from their parents and use them as potent appendage in their trade(remember that children tend to grow and need to be replaced).

Link: https://medium.com/incerto/pedophrasty-bigoteering-and-other-modern-scams-c84bd70a29e8

Medium: Pedophrasty, Bigoteering, and Other Modern Scams

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June 25th, 2018


General, Links, Writing

photo of elephants

What is Skin in the Game? The phrase is often mistaken for one-sided incentives: the promise of a bonus will make someone work harder for you. For the central attribute is symmetry: the balancing of incentives and disincentives, people should also penalized if something for which they are responsible goes wrong and hurts others: he or she who wants a share of the benefits needs to also share some of the risks.

Link: https://medium.com/incerto/what-do-i-mean-by-skin-in-the-game-my-own-version-cc858dc73260

Medium: What do I mean by Skin in the Game? My Own Version

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June 15th, 2018


General, Links, Writing