Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Minority report ...

... Overrated: Nassim Nicholas Taleb. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I reviewed The Black Swan, and what I thought about it then is what I still think: that its epistemological implications, especially for historiography, are considerable, since in the latter case it would involve reconstructing the ignorance prevailing at any given time. This review, in my opinion, rather oversimplifies what Taleb had to say. And the aphorism is a literary form that can be taken up by anyone at any time of life.

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