Thursday, August 09, 2007

Black Swans and Tinkerers

Go to Kedrosky for an excerpt of Charlie Rose, interviewing Nicolas Taleb of Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness fame (LINK). His recent book has received a lot of hype recently (displays at airport bookstores etc) but "hype" and "Taleb" aren't natural partners. What captures me is the earnestness, the passion, the obsession of Taleb as he tries to make sense of the randomness he sees in the world. If you read the New Yorker article on him (LINK) you know how influential his childhood growing up in Lebanon has been--seeing his world go from paradise to hell in six months. A deep rooted need to understand how this could have occurred drives him. Stay with the interview because although he starts off hesitantly, his quiet strength of intent is a pleasure to watch.
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