[Upcoming] A Conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2024)

A Conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb 2024

Event Invitation: A Conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Hosted by: The Institute of Political Science at the Saint Joseph University of Beirut and Kulluna Irada

Event Title: From Ponzi to Antifragility, 4 Years Later

Featuring: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Topics: Gaza, Centralization, the Lebanese Economy, and Conspirationism

Moderator: Karim Emile Bitar

Date and Time: Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 6 PM

Location: Gulbenkian Auditorium, USJ Social Sciences Campus, Huvelin Street, Achrafieh

Virtual Attendance via Zoom:

  • Meeting ID: 897 7958 0201
  • Passcode: 588528

Join us for an insightful evening with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, discussing critical contemporary issues in a conversation moderated by Karim Emile Bitar.

[The Guardian] The UK’s coronavirus policy may sound scientific. It isn’t

Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Yaneer Bar-Yam

When, along with applied systems scientist Dr Joe Norman, we first reacted to coronavirus on 25 January with the publication of an academic note urging caution, the virus had reportedly infected fewer than 2,000 people worldwide and fewer than 60 people were dead. That number need not have been so high.

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/25/…cummings

[Medium] Corporate Socialism: The Government is Bailing Out Investors & Managers Not You

The U.S. government is enacting measures to save the airlines, Boeing, and similarly affected corporations. While we clearly insist that these companies must be saved, there may be ethical, economic, and structural problems associated with the details of the execution. As a matter of fact, if you study the history of bailouts, there will be.

Link: https://medium.com/incerto/corporate-socialism-the…3b31a67bff4a

Medium: IQ is largely a pseudoscientific swindle

Background : “IQ” is a stale test meant to measure mental capacity but in fact mostly measures extreme unintelligence (learning difficulties) as well as, to a lesser extent, a form of intelligence, stripped of 2nd order effects. It is via negativa not via positiva. It is meant to select exam-takers, paper shufflers, obedient IYIs (intellectuals yet idiots), ill adapted for “real life”. 

Link: https://medium.com/incerto/iq-is-largely-a-pseudoscientific-swindle

Bloomberg: Nassim Says World Is More Fragile Today Than in 2007

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, scientific advisor at Universa Investments, discusses the factors causing global fragility, hidden liabilities in global markets, and what he sees as safe trades in the current market. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker on “Bloomberg Markets.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Link: https://www. bloomberg .com/ news/ videos/ 2018-10-31/ taleb-says-world-is…

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

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…

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

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.

Medium: Pedophrasty, Bigoteering, and Other Modern Scams



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