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PostSubject: Economists bullshit for a living : NN Taleb gives Kaushik Basu a lesson on ‘Skin in the Game’   Mon May 14, 2018 3:31 am

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is one of the deepest, and more importantly, most independent thinkers of our time. His writings are among the clearest expositions on varied topics such as rationality, religion and minority populations, and these constitute arguably the best debunkings of simplistic but grandiose and judgmental liberal takes on these topics.

Ever sensed something wrong with the “Terrorism kills far fewer people than road accidents or falls from ladders” argument, but struggled to articulate your objection? Many smart people struggle with that too, but here is Taleb demolishing it like kniving through butter. Many of us have pointed out Bollywood’s hypocrisy, selectivity and sanctimony, but to understand the structural mechanics of how that comes about, one has to read Taleb [twitter thread], [article]. One of the few well-known thinkers to emphasize the tolerance of pagan religions, he is also among the rare few that put into practice the idea of distinguishing virtue from virtue-signalling, distinguishing true humility from fake humility/humility-signalling.

http://www.opindia.com/2018/04/economists-bullshit-for-a-living-nn-taleb-gives-kaushik-basu-a-lesson-on-skin-in-the-game/
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