As those who frequent these pages are no doubt aware, I’m a big fan of Nassim Taleb.
I still maintain that “Fooled By Randomness” and “The Black Swan” should be required reading for any freshman level prob and stats course and probably for 100 level philosophy courses as well.
That said, I’m not enamored with Taleb’s intellectual pretentiousness nor am I as convinced as he seems to be of his merit as a philosopher and political scientist (in fact, his political commentary amuses me considering his professed disdain for political science).
I also question whether bragging about having “f*ck you money” (which Taleb does in his books) is the type of thing befitting of a man who aspires to a kind of intellectual high ground that he seems to think the rest of us can’t possibly attain no matter how many times we read his work.
So in light of the above, I present the following with no further comment (for now).