I select a very small number of things to be sceptical about, such as markets, and on these I am hypersceptic. But I want to be fooled by randomness in art. I want the ceremonial of religion; we are made for it.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Profession: Author
Nationality: Lebanese

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People have the problem of denial. This is one of the things I learned in Lebanon. Everybody who left Beirut when the war started, including my parents, said, 'Oh, its temporary.' It lasted 17 years! People tend to underestimate the gravity of these situations. That's how they work.

We have this culture of financialization. People think they need to make money with their savings rather with their own business. So you end up with dentists who are more traders than dentists. A dentist should drill teeth and use whatever he does in the stock market for entertainment.

There are two types of people: those who try to win and those who try to win arguments. They are never the same.

Alan Greenspan is unskilled; you don't take the unskilled seriously.

When you ask people, 'What's the opposite of fragile?,' they tend to say robust, resilient, adaptable, solid, strong. That's not it. The opposite of fragile is something that gains from disorder.

In social policy, when we provide a safety net, it should be designed to help people take more entrepreneurial risks, not to turn them into dependents. This doesn't mean that we should be callous to the underprivileged.

All of technology, really, is about maximizing free options.

Nobody reads the disclosures that roll down your computer screen. You click 'I agree' but you don't know what you're agreeing to.

Fragility is the quality of things that are vulnerable to volatility.

I hated school because I liked to daydream and the system tried to stop me from that.

The people I go after are the false experts, those who do not accept the limits of their knowledge.

The next time you experience a blackout, take some solace by looking at the sky. You will not recognize it.