Saturday, April 17, 2010

Nicholas Taleb on Spitzer, Roubini, Krugman, Friedman and Tyler Cowen

An interesting take from an interesting observer of the world. Nicholas Taleb says:
Eliot Spitzer was not robust because a single sex scandal derailed his career.
Nouriel Roubini is robust because he has vulva castings on the wall of his apartment, and it doesn’t derail him at all....

Paul Krugman is a danger to society!

He uses the wrong mathematics, that’s how I knew he was a fluke....

The definition of a robust society: where Paul Krugman could exist without harming others...[NYT columnist Thomas Friedman with his book about globalization]is the biggest danger.

On Tyler Cowen:
That guy’s a bullshitter,” noting that Cowen admits to writing about books he only reads parts of.

“How can you write a review of a book you haven’t read?”

His advice to Cowen: “Read much fewer books, read them slowly, turn off your internet connection, and then come back.”

(Thanks to Lila Rajiva)

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