Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Intellectual Fraud?

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, crackpot?

i've had Nassim Nicholas Taleb name suggested to me a few times. each time, i spend some 10 min looking at Wikipedia and his books. Even followed the guy on twitter for maybe a month. Never clicked. Now, i begin to feel, there's element of crackpot there.

context: someone showed me one of his tweet when talking about McMansion architecture

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb greek k9ymn.jpg x6fwd [from https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1033697398105821185]

after i posted on twitter saying i see elements of crackpot, , am immediately blocked by him, within 10 seconds. Interesting.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb twitter block 2018-09-02

From what i see, e.g. his “antifragile” is opaque jargon ridden pseudo science.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, skin in the game crackpot

The Nassim Nicholas Taleb guy, is definitely a crackpot, now i'm more sure. here's his latest blog

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb iq
https://medium.com/incerto/iq-is-largely-a-pseudoscientific-swindle-f131c101ba39

Few months ago, i questioned his theories in my own thread, he ban'd me. he has many of the signs of crackpot.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb's famous for his Skin in the Game book. Notice the jargon phrase. That is one of the sign of crackpot. He uses or coins lots of them. and his theories tend to be labeled as “new”, “outside of the box” type. That's another sign. The fact he's quick to ban people, another sign.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a crackpot. He use controversy to sell himself. For example, his claim about psychology is simply wrong, with respect to the neuroscience department of psychology.

Also, if you read Camille Paglia and Jordan Peterson (both are acclaimed scholars more than Nassim guy) , you see overwhelming contribution of psychology in their understanding of the world. Nassim uses controversy to make himself appear smart to average people.

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[https://twitter.com/clairlemon/status/1155084999328014336]

taleb seems like a intellectual fraud to me. he likes to invent jargons, often dramatically attacking others high-stake celebs , and quick to ban any he disagree or considered as 'dumb'. i think you are being used as another ride for his popularity.

also, i think by psy techniques, innate or learned, Nassim Nicholas Taleb has amassed lots followers, like a cult leader, who would enthusiastically do his bid.

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There is a crackpot named Nassim Nicholas Taleb. He's nutjob anti iq and psychology. Like many crackpots in history, he love opaque jargons, and invent them. e.g. skin in the game, antifragile, blackswan. Also, he created a cult-like following, who would defend him sans cue.

He has a blog about iq. I wonder if it's worthwhile to spend few hours to write a counter. (i haven't read it yet. but am pretty sure i can write a solid counter taking it down) Though, i know it'll have no effect. Cult crackpots doesn't rise by reason. But, by exploiting psychology.

have you seen his behavior? e.g. recent exchange with @clairlemon . and blocking hundreds/thousands? btw, he also blocked me about 6 months ago, for a mildly negative comment about him. i was puzzled. this isn't grudge, maybe a bit. something's wrong with the guy.

someone's got psychological problems. I think it's called megalomania. Or psychiatrists call Narcissistic personality disorder.

i got annoyed that Clair kept posting about the nutjob. i think she's a victim, goaded into inreasing the guy's fame. Though, i think i fell into the same often. When attacked, you defend, sometimes vigorously. This is a postmodenism sjw tactic.

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