Signed,angry NSF sponsored physicist ;-)
Wonderful provocative pod cast. Thank you.
We know we need some small amount of exercise (like walking), we know that we need a minimum of some vitamins, minerals and amino acids. We know nothing beyond that!
On the fragility of the financial system:
He is in favor of experimentation and tinkering, yet against publicly-financed research? Most people use that same argument to support public funding for science...Companies only do certain types of research. Relying on business to generate new technology and science would narrow the range. Public funding of science is a form of diversification. If tinkering is good, then how can the billions of man-hours of tinkering going on at universities every year not be a good thing?
Bird Flu China: Dead pigs, swans and ducks linked to …
He is definitely correct: he has one idea. The problem with Taleb is that couches this idea in "science-y" language and is pretty shaky on things like statistics (and keeps saying "you see?" and "right" like his mis-interpretations of the literature are self-evident).
The Queen Owns The Swans (And Other Swan Stories)
Anyway, ridding the world of debt and lending is a bad idea. I think Spain experienced it after the Jews were expelled in 1492. The wealth from the New World kept stuff going for a while, but the economy was stagnant without lenders.
Greek and Roman Gods - The Online Knowledge …
The great thing about this interview is that as it went on Mr. Taleb sounded crazier and crazier, culminating in his quasi-social-darwinian nonsense about how bad modern medicine is. Most folks who advocate a "natural lifestyle" in accordance with "evolutionary forces" either have no idea what they're talking about, or seek to exempt themselves from their new brutal utopia. If Mr. Taleb contracted prostate cancer -- and I hope he does not -- I'm sure he would seek aggressive and targeted chemotherapy rather than allowing nature to destroy him as he claims to believe it should. But that's just one example. The whole neo-luddite philosophy falls apart for everyone who's not willing to live like Gandhi. (Who was also anti-medicine, btw. Read Hind Swaraj.)