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From The Bed of Procrustes

Theseus and Procrustes. Side A from an Attic r...

I still believe Fooled by Randomness is the best work by Nassim Nicolas Taleb and then he add n over it by Black Swan followed by The Bed of Procrustes. Here are some thing which I found Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms :-

  • The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates and a monthly salary.
  • To bankrupt a fool give him information.
  • Education makes the wise slightly wiser, but it makes the fool vastly more dangerous
  • The best revenge for a Liar is to convince him that you believe what he said. Continue reading

A spurious tail is the performance of a certain number of operators that is entirely caused by luck, what is called the AxeJUpmCQAAIYe9“lucky fool” in Taleb (2001). Because of winner-take-all-effects (from globalization),spurious performance increases with timeand explodes under fat tails in alarming proportions. An operator starting today, no matter his skill level, and ability to predict prices, will be outcompeted by the spurious tail. He published a paper shows the effect of powerlaw distributions on such spurious tail.

Taleb’s maverick thoughts became more famous from the The Bed of Procrustes – Here are some of them that I could recall :

The three most harmful addictions are heroin, Continue reading

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