Sunday, April 26, 2020

Watch and listen …

… [YouTube] On Warnings over Systemic Risks from Global Pandemics - Nassim Taleb. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Here is my review of Taleb's The Black Swan: The Always Unexpected in 'The Black Swan'.

Epistemological works tend to be classified among the drier forms of discourse, but Taleb writes about the problems of knowing in a way that is not only lively, but downright sassy. If nothing else, his book will make you more aware of how many people -- pundits and politicians especially -- are given to inflating the little they think they know into giant balloons of prophecy.

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