I Admire The Man, But He’s No Philosopher – And He’s No Political Scientist Either

I Admire The Man, But He’s No Philosopher – And He’s No Political Scientist Either

So, I'm a big fan of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's work. One thing, however, bothers me about "Fooled By Randomness" and, more acutely, about "The Black Swan." While they're brilliant, they're brilliant in a kind of peculiar, quirky way. As one reviewer put it, Taleb is "idiosyncratically brilliant." As you read Taleb, you'll find yourself nodding enthusiastically in agreement - sometimes. Other times, you'll find yourself wondering if what he's saying makes any sense at all. That is, there are who
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4 thoughts on “I Admire The Man, But He’s No Philosopher – And He’s No Political Scientist Either

  1. There is really nothing new in this interview that has not been said by Taleb either in public or in his works. It is simply not enough when attempting criticism to state your major in minors in college, quote another reviewer’s opinion or extrapolate why you feel a publisher acted in such a manner when deciding to publish Taleb’s books.
    Does Taleb claim to be a philosopher and a political scientist?
    What are the specific points (as opposed to “peculiar” and “quirky” points) upon which you disagree with him?

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