13 April 2012

Herbert Gintis reviews Taleb's "The Black Swan"

I was shocked that OJ Simpson was acquitted of a murder he obvious committed. I am shocked that most Americans do not believe in evolution. And I am dumbfounded at the widespread success of this really stupid piece of pseudo-literature ... 
It would be lovely to have a sensitive exposition of great unexpected events, such as the fall of the Soviet Union, Black Monday, and the shooting of Robert Kennedy. This woeful volume is not it. I can't image what anyone finds valuable in The Black Swan. This too is a completely unforseen event, but is also difficult to explain in hindsight.
Ouch.

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