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The Black Swan

2010: The Year in Non-Audience-Friendly Movies

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's that time of year when critics get all nostalgic -- or up on their high horses, depending -- about the year that is rapidly drawing to a close. ...

Face It: Critics Have Lost Their Movie Memory

Michele Willens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michele Willens

I used to defend film critics: we needed objective, thoughtful voices that looked beyond box office receipts and truly judged the work itself. But now? I think I'm ready to throw in the towel.

Natalie Portman Talks 'Vulgar' Movies, Sex Scenes

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Natalie Portman's 'Black Swan' sex scene with Mila Kunis is the talk of show business -- and she knows exactly why. "Lesbian scenes, sex scenes, they...

Fed Policymakers 'Do Not Understand Risk' Says Taleb

Bloomberg | Erik Schatzker and Jeff Kearns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The risks stemming from the Federal Reserve's efforts to stimulate the economy through bond purchases are "humongous" and the central bank doesn't ful...

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.

Paul Mazursky Dissects the Funnybone

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ashley Wren Collins

"An old guy is standing on a street corner, crying; he's a very old man. A boy comes up to him and asks, 'Why are you crying?' and the guy says, 'I...

Planning for a World of Black Swans

Kenneth A. Posner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth A. Posner

Volatility is the result of market economies, global capital flows, and ever more powerful information technology -- and thus a price we pay for innovation and growth. Better that we learn to live with it, than try to wish it away.

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

‘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...

8 Books That Predicted The Financial Crisis (PHOTOS, POLL)

Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Ever wish you had a crystal ball? Would have been convenient if there had been some warning about the kind of financial crisis we're facing now. It wo...

Good Bye! The Reappointment Of Bernanke Is Too Much To Bear

Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

What I am seeing and hearing on the news -- the reappointment of Bernanke -- is too hard for me to bear. I cannot believe that we, in the 21st century, can accept living in such a society.

Roubini, Taleb Talk Economic Recovery, Risk Of Second Recession On CNBC (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Two of the most prominent market cynics appeared on CNBC this morning. Nouriel Roubini -- affectionately known as "Dr. Doom" -- was CNBC's guest host,...

Lessons from a Vineyard: Ignore Predictions

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Margaret Heffernan

Civil war broke out in the Lebanon in 1977. As Nicholas Taleb recalls in The Black Swan, adults at the time were utterly confident that the war would end in "only a matter of days."