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Nicholas Nassim Taleb Quotes

It would appear to a quoting dilettante—i.e., one of those writers and scholars who fill up their texts with phrases from some dead authority—that, as phrased by Hobbes, "from like antecedents flow like consequents." Those who believe in the unconditional benefits of past experience should consider this pearl of wisdom allegedly voiced by a famous ships captain:
"But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident ... of any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort." E. J. Smith, 1907, Captain, RMS
Titanic Captain Smiths ship sank in 1912 in what became the most talked-about shipwreck in history.
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Author discussed what he calls the "narrative fallacy." This refers to our "limited ability" to look at a sequence of facts "without weaving an explanation into them.

— Nicholas Nassim Taleb

Look into your own existence. Count the significant events, the technological changes,and the inventions that have taken place in our environment since you were born, and compare them to what was expected before their advent. How many of them came on a schedule?
Look into your own personal life, to your choice of profession, say, or meeting your mate, your exile from your country of origin, the betrayals you faced, your sudden enrichment or impoverishment. How often did these things occur according to plan?

— Nicholas Nassim Taleb

Black Swan has three attributes: unpredictability, consequences, retrospective explainability.

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Beware of precise plans by government. Let government predict: it makes them feel better about themselves and justifies their existence.

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Entrepreneurs are selected to be just doers, not thinkers, and doers do, they don't talk.

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Always remember that, in a modern environment, wars last longer and kill more people than is typically planned.

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Prediction requires knowing about technologies that will be discovered in the future, but that very knowledge would almost automatically allow us to start developing those technologies right away. Ergo we do not know what we will know.

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