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    Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Got Bad News For His Legions Of Soccer Mom Fans

    Greek god. Philosopher. Adonis. The only person on earth who has earned the right to have an opinion about anything. All appropriate characterizations of one Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and the way at least three-quarters of all living homo sapiens have described NNT in their conversations with friends and in their diaries. And while his many admirers have surely studied him in great detail in the hopes of one day having the opportunity to unlock his heart or simply bask in his reflected glory for a moment or two, not everyone has a comprehensive list of the things that rev Taleb’s engine and, more importantly, that tick him off. Luckily, a recent profile by Chronicle writer Tom Bartlett has produced a near-complete guide to the likes and dislikes of Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Read it, print it out, carry it in your pocket– but really, consider taking the time to commit it to memory. Your chance may only come along once and you don’t want to fuck it up by fumbling around your notes because you can’t remember what his thoughts are on “bourgeois bohemian bonus earners” or fruit.

    / Dec 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM
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    Nassim Nicholas Taleb Became The Chiseled Adonis You See Before You Through A Strict Regimen Of Picking Up Rocks And Lying In Bed For Two Years

    Have you ever gazed upon classical Greek philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb and thought to yourself, “That man has a body from the gods. I could never hope to match him in brains, but what about brawn? If only I could obtain the details of his diet and fitness regimen”? Well, friends, today is your lucky day. Despite still being on his second tour of self-imposed quiet time, Taleb granted several interviews to publications reviewing his new book, “Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder,” and, naturally, the topic of his physique came up, specifically the various ways he keeps it in such enviable shape. (He also touches on the exercises that led to him having a brain three times the size of the typical astrophysicist, though please note that these should be appreciated but not be attempted by average humans, who could hurt themselves quite badly.)

    / Nov 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM
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    Nassim Taleb Is On His Second Round Of Self-Imposed Quiet Time

    Several years back, in response to the news that Ben Bernanke would be reappointed Fed Chairman, Nassim Nicholas Taleb made an announcement that he would be retreating from society. “What I am seeing…is to much for me to bear,” Taleb wrote. “I am not blaming Bernanke (he doesn’t even know he doesn’t understand how things work); it is the Senators appointing him who are totally irresponsible…I need to withdraw as immediately as possible into the Platonic quiet of my library, work on my next book, find solace in science and philosophy, and mull the next step…I will only (briefly) emerge from my hiatus when the publishers force me to do so upon the publication of the paperback edition of The Black Swan. Bye, Nassim.” NNT reintroduced himself to the world at some point in 2010 or 2011 but now, apparently, he has once again decided to pick up his black swans and leave, as people getting in touch with him to star in their movie, blurb their book, or pick his large and intimidating brain recently learned.


    (Please ignore this message if you are a personal friend or engaged in an ongoing

    Dear correspondent;

    I am currently disengaged from the rest of the world (until November 2012).

    I had to stop replying to emails outside of the strictly personal (friends, family, citizens of Amioun, etc.), except for extremely important/urgent matters.

    Please note that, except for emergencies & appointments, I reply to mails with an equivalent frequency to that of classical letters.

    (REQUESTS: Also note that 1) I no longer do media interviews (except those scheduled by publishers), 2) can no longer endorse books, 3) do not participate in documentary films, 4) will not give lectures in Asia, Australia, and other places entailing severe jetlag, etc.)

    I apologize for the inconvenience.

    Nassim Taleb Still Has the Most Nassim Taleb Auto-Reply Email Ever [NYO]
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    / Oct 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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    If You Must Know, Nassim Taleb Is Actually Kind Of Looking Forward To The Break Up Of The Euro

    Nassim Taleb, author of “The Black Swan,” said he favors investing in Europe over the […]

    / May 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM
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    Nassim Taleb Predicts The Next Black Swan: Bankers Getting Bonuses Of Any Kind

    Earlier today, we discussed the upcoming bonus season and the fact that, for those who […]

    / Nov 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM
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    Nassim Taleb Knows The Soviets Would Never See A Black Swan Coming

    At this point, Nassim N. Taleb has explained many times (1) what caused the financial crisis […]

    / Jul 18, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    Nassim Taleb To Unload Infinite Wisdom On G-20

    Though his schedule is extremely packed, Nassim Taleb, who knows everything there is to know […]

    / Jul 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM
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    Caption Contest Wednesday: Does Anna Chapman Have An Appointment With Two Doctors Of The Economy?

    “With Nassim Taleb in Moscow. Dr Black Swan and Dr Doom,” Dr Doom tweets, referring […]

    / Feb 2, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    Nassim Taleb: America Has Cancer But No One Has The Stones To Admit We Need Chemo

    And on an even more serious note, for which you should brace yourselves, Taleb has […]

    / Dec 17, 2010 at 3:01 PM
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    Nassim Taleb Identifies Real Villain Of The Financial Crisis

    Over the last several years, people have been obsessed with determining who truly caused the […]

    / Oct 8, 2010 at 3:23 PM