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January 24, 2008



This must be *part* of the sentiment fueling Ron Paul's popularity, though his supporters don't articulate it. A preponderance of big, behemoth institutions sustaining themselves beyond their missions. A desire to pare down. (Not getting the black swan reference.)

John Robb

The Black Swan reference refers to more frequent shocks due to a lack of management.

Charles Cameron (hipbone)

QUOTE: A black swan is an outlier, an event that lies beyond the realm of normal expectations. Most people expect all swans to be white because that's what their experience tells them; a black swan is by definition a surprise. Nevertheless, people tend to concoct explanations for them after the fact, which makes them appear more predictable, and less random, than they are. Our minds are designed to retain, for efficient storage, past information that fits into a compressed narrative. This distortion, called the hindsight bias, prevents us from adequately learning from the past. UNQUOTE

By Nassim Nicholas Taleb


John first quoted Taleb on Black Swans in Global Guerrillas, I believe:


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