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Nassim Taleb's an essayist, belletrist, & researcher only interested in one single topic, chance (particularly extreme & rare events, the "Black Swans" i.e. outliers); but it falls at the intersection of philosophy/epistemology (skepticism; knowledge about the dynamics of history; inferential claims), philosophy/ethics (stoicism facing random events; theories of nonhedonic happiness), mathematical sciences (probability theory, statistical physics), social science/finance (opacity & incomplete information in economics), and cognitive science (the mental biases making us "fooled" by randomness). He mainly derives his intuitions from a 2-decade long and intense practice of derivatives trading ("nondull" activities with plenty of randomness).
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The smartest man he knows
The smartest man he knows is ... himself. He'll be the first to tell you that too.

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has a very high opinion of himself...
and it's evident in most anything he utters.

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Perma-Bear
It's hard to take the opinion of someone seriously when it's always the same no matter the environment. He has had some great insight but his constant negativity is getting a bit old, no matter what shape of the economy.

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He's a little OTT for me
I read halfway through his book and the language he uses is a little OTT (over the top). He's an intelligent person and has awesome ideas but his language is a little too high for me >.<

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Great stuff, but let's see something new
"Fooled by Randomness" and "The Black Swan" should be read by any and every individual who wants to make a living in finance and economics. His insights are extremely valuable and help us remember to stay humble and cautious. Black swans may be rare, but they do occur. Sometimes randomness makes us feel on top of the world. Both of these things should be remembered.

Both of his books were entertaining, but a little overly verbose. You don't necessarily need to read both of his entire books to get the points he is trying to make. I recommend saving yourself some time by reading ABOUT the books instead of the entire books themselves.

I like his ideas of "robustificaton" and of trying to figure out how to live in a world we don't understand. This view seems to contradict Milton Freedman's idea that models don't necessarily need to be able to be realistic, but should instead be graded on their ability to predict the world. I'm excited to see where Taleb goes with his current ideas, but I'm afraid it may get too complicated for him to complete a framework I'm able to understand.

He really is a great thinker and on the edge of current thought. He's also somewhat on the fringe. The combination is perfect.

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Keatz Smyrna, Georgia

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Recycles his old view over & over again..
Okay fine so you got it lucky with the Black Swan.. now give us something new. Even a 5 year old kid can essentially sum up his thoughts.. if it can go wrong, it will. I see nothing new in his thoughts.. yet he is up there in his pedestal.

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Great Author and Extremely Smart
I've read Taleb's book "Fooled by Randomness" and it's excellent. He exposes all of the problems with the deterministic views that people have in the world of finance, and pretty much shows how most people in finance are frauds. He really makes you appreciate how much randomness plays a role in financial markets.

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His Twitter Commentary is Both Intellectual & Hilarious
Great commentary on today's society mixed in with a bit of Myron Scholes bashing? Sounds like a party!

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Funny Guy!
Nassim Taleb is one of the funniest/knowledgeable authors/economists out there. His book "The Black Swan" is one of the greatest books ever written in finance. His brutal honesty and criticisms of the U.S government and their policies hold true every time.

His intellectual ability and non-bullshit approach to finance was probably the reason for why he was so DAMN right on the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

Plus, this guy has some of the funniest interview around!

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