Nassim N. Taleb to stephen_knapp '--cking idiot my prediction did not fail!!' Manners Professor manners.
“Isn't it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?”
Prof. Nassim Taleb is obnoxious and abusive on the twitter: He had written on his Facebook page a few days ago that "I would love to debate a prominent economist LIVE in front of an audience… Nobody has accepted so far,"
John Aziz picked the gauntlet and twitted, pointing to this 2010 interview where Taleb argues shorting treasuries is a "no brainer" due to the U.S. deficit and the risk of inflation.
"So long as you see the picture of Larry Summers going to Davos, you have to stay short U.S. Treasuries for another year. It means they (the Obama administration) don’t know what’s going on,” Taleb told MoneyNews' Dan Weil in 2010.
Retorted Taleb in his aggresive style: Nassim N. Taleb @nntalebFollow @azizonomics This is very idiotic: you would want to see my PL from this.
Stephen Knapp jumps in the fray and said: @stephen_knapp23h @nntaleb @azizonomics: But clearly you must have reconsidered your mathematical models after this prediction failed, no?
Nassim N. Taleb@nntaleb replied@stephen_knapp @azizonomics @--cking idiot my prediction did not fail
Manners please, manners, Prof Taleb. I wrote on his page when he last picked up his periodic fight with Steven Pinkers:'' It is daft to suppose that ripping somebody builds your repertoire up? I wrote that his academic aggression has has lot to do with insecurities of his geography. This is a very medieval kind of tactless, insensate below the belt attack. I like Professor Nassim Talib a lot, I believe in his anti-fragile and black swan, his last night status was just pure bliss to my mind 'you cannot get involved without having skin in the game.'
Steven Pinkers 'The better angels of our nature' ignited this intellectual furious war between Steven Pinker vs Nassim Taleb. Cognitive scientist Stephen Pinker argues that human violence is actually decreasing in his book, "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined." His exploration of the history of human violence ranges from neuroscience to the poetry of Homer. His research offers some hope that we are evolving from our more brutal past due to development of our capacity for empathy and compassion.
He is one of the immense top imaginative and innovative thinkers of the contemporary world, but I just don't comprehend or identify the streak as to 'why embodiment of such a great intelligence drops down to level of a street boy.' Great minds should be aloof from street battles, when someone splatters dirt on you, please don't roll down with pigs in the ring. You don't have to punch anyone to win your point. When you tear others down essentially instead of building your case you present a pig-headed image of your enormous mental power! ''
His dogged scholarly anti-focus on Prof. Pinkers* is incredibly mean for such a resourceful intellect, he may rubbish me or even ban me with his typical rage, but I still courageously will post this to the Professor ( who I think is 'da mind' of today) that for me it only reflect his own deep seated insecurities, when he locks his horns needlessly to score points, which I think he has made and won eruditely big time. The essential theory of the book is that violence in most forms has not augmented but really steadily and radically declined over time, and by most measures we live in just about the most peaceful times that mankind has ever known. Prof. Pinker tries to demonstrate that with chart after chart of historical data on different forms of violence, and how they have trended over time - and in almost every case, things seem to move down.
Prof.Taleb came out with a scathing criticism to which Pinker responded to the criticism with this own post here. Taleb's main criticism of the book - Yes, the world looks very peaceful since 1945. But that doesn't mean we don't live in a violent world. You might see a catastrophic, nuclear driven war break out that can kill millions of people. You can't just extrapolate from the last 75 years. We have mass-extermination weapons now that ancient man did not have. So our potential for causing harm is infinitely more. There is 'survivor bias'in the argument - if there had indeed been a massive nuclear war, Pinker (or anyone else) might not have been around to write this book. Those interested to know the genesis of this great debate between the two please kindly click here.
The problem that Prof.Taleb confronts is whatever his statistics say, damn the tails and damn the statistics, the facts are that the world we live in is far better than the world we ever lived, the reality is conspicuous.
The biggest of the shocks do not put humankind out of order but are self healing. Fed avoided the dreaded depression by learning from the past and avoiding preoccupation with inflation rather putting quantitative easing to work that helped overcome the crisis and did not let the world bleed like Japan.
What Black Swan if the markets are making new highs within five years of the so-called calamity? Though the raw lay man fact is that we are not 7.1 billion not by freak accident of nature. We have conquered callous bouts of epidemics recently thanks to penicillin and dark pits of poisoned Auschwitz's!
Fast forward Professor Taleb status was not very polite, and is kind of anti-climax of his huge scholarly stature, his point number 5 below was so out of place and contradicts his great intrinsic wits. I may articulate it has lot to do with insecurities of his geography. This is a very medieval kind of tactless, insensate below the belt attack.
''To have a great day: 1) Smile at a stranger, 2) Surprise someone by saying something unexpectedly nice, 3) Give some genuine attention to an elderly, 4) Invite someone who doesn't have many friends for coffee, 5) Humiliate an economist, publicly, or create deep anxiety inside a Harvard professor.
Richness of mind is luckily so rooted in him, his ancestral city traces its roots to Phoenician, Byzantine Greek and Ghassanid descent. He is an "invincible fort "from Amioun, his city name Amia the ethnological experts assert is derived from the Semitic word emun, originally so rich is the culture of his place of birth that the word Amia was cited in the letters of Tell el Amarna, which were sent in the 14th century B.C. by his city local governors to their overlords, the pharaohs of Egypt.
These tribal world-lordish instinctive insecurities sometime remain ingrained in ones genetics, sometime they have to be scrapped. He comes from an origin that has the richest pedigree of human culture and civilization, nothing can beat this kind of originality of pure-bred bloodline of culture. Yet, his few lines and arrogance sometime fall short of what his inexhaustible, unbounded genius and capacities he offers to all of us.
Why to betray the positives and highlight negative streaks only Professor!