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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Can a Nation Be Like an Overly Protective Parent?

Francis Levy | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Francis Levy

Some children as well as grownups, who have fragile dispositions, merely crumble when the going gets tough. But the Lebanon/Syria paradigm that Taleb and Treverton point to is instructive both in terms of nation and personality building.

Syriza Victory: A Glimmer of Hope for Greece?

Gregoris Kalai | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Gregoris Kalai

These past two weeks mark a new start for Greece. The country is now, for the first time since joining the Eurozone, beginning to negotiate a new debt agreement as it rolls back austerity measures.

Comfort With Discomfort

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Dylan Ratigan

On my trip across the country last summer -- having fled the news desk for a life of promoting kale, veterans, and kale-growing veterans -- I carried what I fervently believe to be a very important book, Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Antifragile.

Silence of the Poets: Writers and Antidepressants

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 05.28.2013 | Books
Andrew Shaffer

It's an exercise in futility to try to hypothesize what effect antidepressants would have had on long-gone writers like Poe and Baudelaire. Whether you function or not is a more pertinent question than whether or not antidepressants or substance abuse "silences the soul."

Egypt, Black Swans and the Bed of Procrustes

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carlo Strenger

Americans pay $80 billion a year for intelligence agencies. But why does society pay analysts phenomenal sums of money for systematically failing to predict the events that impact our lives most deeply?

A Walk Through Paris With Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

Taleb has been criticized, but he tells it as he sees it, whether or not everyone agrees.

Shahien Nasiripour

Federal Reserve 'Will Be Gone' In 25 Years, Top Financial Mind Predicts, Despite Geithner's Vote Of Confidence | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A mere half-hour after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner praised the "necessary" and "very substantial" actions of the Bush and Obama administration...

The Competing Black Swans of Climate Change

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Since the last Ice Age, our climate has not changed enough to threaten the viability of the species. So we make the error of confirmation and assume that it won't change much going forward.

In God We...Invest

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Schweitzer

Wall Street is our secular religion. As with more traditional beliefs, faith trumps reason. That explains our willful blindness to the obvious scam, the fantastic story told to us by billionaire bankers.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The 'Fragility' Crisis Is Just Begun

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

For a world that wants better than the fatuous "perfect storm" account of the economic meltdown -- or of BP's gusher -- Taleb has revised and extended his cult classic, The Black Swan.

‘Black Swan' Author Concerned About Hyperinflation

BusinessWeek | Subramaniam Sharma and Bob Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of "The Black Swan" about how unforeseen events can roil markets, said he is concerned about hyperinflation as governmen...

Nassim Taleb Kills $20 Billion Mythical Swan, WSJ Crashes Credibility

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Malfeasance, not models, disrupted the global economy, and Taleb still gets that part wrong. Black Barts imitating the gentleman highway robber -- not black swans -- caused most of the damage.

Taleb: What We Should Do About Debt | Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The core of the problem, the unavoidable truth, is that our economic system is laden with debt, about triple the amount relative to gross domestic pro...

The Case of the Missing Stock Data

Michael Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Martin

With the demolition of Wall Street firms, something important is disappearing too: their share price data from the stock exchanges.

Taleb: Global Crisis "Vastly Worse" Than 1930s

Bloomberg | Shiyin Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The current global crisis is "vastly worse" than the 1930s because financial systems and economies worldwide have become more interdependent, "Black S...

Warren Buffett: The Oracle Speaks

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Judith Ellis

Mr. Buffett and Mr. Munger speak about the dangers of mathematical theories. But where were they before now?

Goldman Sachs Counts on Society's Implicit Stop-Loss Order

Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

So long as Goldman Sachs may need us again in the future, whatever bonus they are paying today is a bonus that may be covered by the taxpayer tomorrow.

Taleb's Black Swan-proof World: Ten Principles

Financial Times | Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

1. What is fragile should break early while it is still small. Nothing should ever become too big to fail. Evolution in economic life helps those with...

Black Swan Author Nassim Taleb Joins Arianna on CNBC's Squawk Box

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Huff TV

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, joined Arianna on Squawk Box to discuss the financial meltdown, mark-to-market accounting and ways to...

Resuscitating CNBC with Reliable Rationale and Reason

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judith Ellis

Squawk Box this Tuesday promises to be interesting with both professionalism and punch.

I'm Guest Hosting CNBC's Squawk Box, and I'd Love Your Suggestions

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

I'm going to be guest hosting CNBC's Squawk Box Tuesday morning. Among my guests will be saw-the-meltdown-coming economist Nouriel Roubini, Black Swan author Nassim Taleb, and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Barney Frank. I'd love to hear what questions you'd like me to ask them. Please put your suggestions in the comments section of this post, then tune in to CNBC from 7 to 9 am Tuesday morning. Memo To Obama's Economic Team: Get Some Sleep! Take the Steering Wheel out of Geithner's Hands Larry Summers: Brilliant Mind, Toxic Ideas Watch: Arianna Discusses Obama's Afghanistan Policy, Bank Bailout On Larry King Live, and Arianna Discusses Tim Geithner on Larry King Live

Should Geithner, Summers, Bernanke et al. Go?

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith Ellis

Nassim Nicholas Taleb addresses some very important issues in an interview with CNBC. On my blog I have written more than a few posts on this brillian...

Tim Geithner, CNBC, and the Second Coming of Known Unknowns

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Arianna Huffington

AIG's CEO prefers not to say who has our money. Same with the Fed. Same with Bank of America's CEO who prefers to go to court instead of saying who got bonuses. It's time to call in all the knowable unknowns.

Alpha Financial Dogs Nouriel Roubini and Nassim Taleb, Socks Clinton and First Annual Lucky Award given to Mickey Rourke!

Wendy Diamond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Wendy Diamond

In honor of the 81st Academy Awards, I decided I wanted to start the first annual Lucky Awards. It's not about glamour, but the person or film and their contributions to a greater good.

Continued Inane Ideology is Insane

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith Ellis

Some who are against the stimulus package are so because of an ill-conceived ideology that the poor will be living large on their hard earned dollar.