10. The Bed of Procrustes - Nassim Nicholas Taleb


May 14th, 2020

36 mins 32 secs

Season 2

Your Hosts

About this Episode

Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote some of his favourite maxims and ways to think in life into a book.

This is a great hand book for nuggets of wisdom to ponder upon. Thus ponder we do on some of our favourites.

Some examples include

  • What fools call “wasting time” is most often the best investment.
  • A man without a heroic bent starts dying at the age of thirty.
  • The difference between slaves in Roman and Ottoman days and today’s employees is that slaves did not need to flatter their boss.
  • You are rich if and only if money you refuse tastes better than money you accept.
  • Modernity: we created youth without heroism, age without wisdom, and life without grandeur.
  • You can tell how uninteresting a person is by asking him whom he finds interesting.
  • Procrastination is the soul rebelling against entrapment.
  • Preoccupation with efficacy is the main obstacle to a poetic, elegant, robust and heroic life.
  • Those who do not think that employment is systemic slavery are either blind or employed.
  • They are born, put in a box; they go home to live in a box; they study by ticking boxes; they go to what is called “work” in a box, where they sit in their cubicle box; they drive to the grocery store in a box to buy food in a box; they talk about thinking “outside the box”; and when they die they are put in a box.
  • A good maxim allows you to have the last word without even starting a conversation.