A Tale Of Two Talebs

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Omar had a code. Taleb has a code. I have a code. This is why we are gathered here today.
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that’s okay, Taleb. I only block liars, cheaters, thieves, and bullies.

“I shall wear this as a badge of honor.”

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“I am using multiple tactics and going dynamically deeper.”

almost certainly the most niche reference in the entire essay: the Bulagarian show Под Прикритие, or Undercover. It is much lower budget, and Season 1 takes a while to find its feet, but I swear to you, friends, it is almost as good as The Wire. Its plot is more focused specifically on the criminal underworld (in fact, it’s pretty much: what if The Departed lasted 70 hours?) but just as artful in painting a sweeping milieu of an entire society in which nobody is truly “good”. It’s on Amazon Prime with English subtitles. Speaking of which, you should absolutely go watch Triple 9 right now (or right after this essay). It’s like Undercover x The Wire x The Departed, but better than all of them. It’s one of those movies you don’t quite understand why everybody isn’t raving about, besides that critics hate it because they can’t read their desired political message into it. Also, Omar is in it, but you’ll have to watch it four or five times to notice.
visual representation of me writing Taleb writing me writing Taleb writing … ad infinitum: that would be aleph-naught, if you were wondering, as this process is clearly recursively enumerable. You could even express it in Typographical Number Theory with zero risk of a blowup.

“You’re a clever man. But you’re not half as clever as you think you are.”

my code of honour on my parents’ fridge. I scored out the “not”s when I was seven because I used to be an obnoxious little turd. It’s very Popperian when you think about it, which Fragile Nassim claims to in every single thing he writes, although I doubt he really understands this reference.

“It’s All In The Game, Yo.”

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in 2014 I was failing to become a university track star and failing to run an online business. I knew a little bit about Bitcoin but I had a large amount of negative money so I couldn’t act on it for 2 more years. Friends, what were you doing in 2014, and how much smarter than you is Elizabeth Stark? Answers in the comments, please.

“How you expect to run with the wolves come night when you spend all day sparring with the puppies?”

I added this tweet a few hours after publishing the essay. It was just too perfect.
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SITG bibliography. Smoking gun by the thumb.
this tweet seems to have been deleted, but Fragile Nassim should know that this will do him no good …
preach, sister.
careful, Fragile Nassim. If you look at this for too long you might imbibe some set theory by accident.
the quote that followed isn’t that important and the resolution of the screenshot would have been ruined by zooming out further. However, if you don’t want to end up as clueless as Fragile Nassim on Bitcoin, you should absolutely buy Mastering Bitcoin and find the quote yourself.
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powersets under the partial order of strict subset inclusion are lattices. Here’s a simple one. And pretty too! Happy now? What I am proposing is that Fragile Nassim is the supremum of the partial order. Naturally.
“isomorphisms” in the Gödel, Escher, Bach index. I can assure you, friends, that there is no greater emotional rollercoaster than furiously checking NNT indices for “isomorphism”, finding none, but then remembering that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. I did briefly shit myself when stumbling upon a gigantic section right where I was looking, but it was just “iatrogenics”. I don’t know what that means, nor do I care because, with that many references, I’m sure he misused it. An “isomorphism” is a homomorphism that is also bijective, meaning the spaces mapped to and from have “the same size”, which, of course, has its own rigorous definition in set theory. As opposed to a mere homomorphism, an isomorphism preserves structure *perfectly*. You might think Taleb would care about such things. And yet, Hofstadter thought about isomorphisms infinitely more than Taleb seems to. I’m not even going to play the “which infinity?” game, because Taleb doesn’t think about them *at all* so there is no well-defined answer. Ordinal arithmetic will not help us here. It is true only in either a kind of sublime, religious sense, or in the extremely simple mathematical sense of “more … a lot more”. As I’m sure Ole Peters would be delighted to explain, these magnitudes cannot be subject to any meaningful geometric comparison. arithmetic only: as per the total ordering imposed by the binary relation, “gives x-much of a shit about isomorphisms,” on the space of popular writers: Hofstadter >>> Taleb.
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“The only way to keep your people loyal is to make certain they fear you more than they do the enemy.”

homepage of the Universa website. used without permission. I will take it down if I am asked, but given this section is a gigantic free trailer for not only your fund but for your brilliance, I would quite like to keep it up. thanks in advance, Mark.
this thread is worth a gander, but don’t tell them I sent you. I don’t think they like me much.
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but what does the ‘p’ stand for? ‘Ptaleb’? pterhaps …
unfortunately, I don’t know the proper credit for this as my Dad emailed it to me. Comment or DM if you do and I will update. See here for the backstory: https://twitter.com/allenf32/status/1249261921834057728



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