Nassim Taleb week, continued

My essay is called Nassim Taleb and the Disagreeables (catchy name for a rock band, perhaps?).

Agreeables tend to take people’s words at face value. Disagreeables do not. One of Taleb’s themes is that people’s words are not trustworthy unless they are backed by skin-in-the-game action.

It’s a fun essay, in my less than humble opinion.

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2 Responses to Nassim Taleb week, continued

  1. Lord says:

    That still wouldn’t make people with skin in the game trustworthy, only believers. Bear Stearns, Lehman, and Citibank all had a great deal of skin in the game.

  2. Weir says:

    “Agreeables believe in the propriety of existing institutions and in their personal status within those institutions.”

    And then they make arguments that entirely depend on everyone accepting the propriety of existing institutions and on personal status. But that kind of argument doesn’t even count as an argument to someone who scores low on empathizing and high on systemizing.

    An emotional or social argument can’t convince a cerebral or rational thinker. So the next step for the emotional and social thinkers is to just bully people into compliance, shouting down the critics, banning, blacklisting, and no-platforming them.

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