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Old September 2nd, 2017, 02:01 AM   #11

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Have you ever read Nassim Taleb's book ' The Black Swan ' ? He warns therein about the opacity of History.
In continuation of my post above,. I desire to quote here what Taleb says about the opacity of history.
" i) The human mind suffers from three ailments when it comes into contact with history.
a) The illusion of understanding, or how everyone thinks he knows what is going on in a world that is more complicated ( or random ) than they realize;
b) the retrospective distortion, or how we can assess matters only after the fact, as if they were in rearview mirror ( history seems clearer and more organised in history books than in empirical reality); and
c) the overvaluation of factual information and the handicap of authoritative and learned people, particularly when they create categories-- when they ' Platonify '. "
The book is full of witticisms like the above, which really require thinking over, whether one agrees with them or not.
The book is subtitled ' The impact of The Highly Improbable ", and it is published by Penguin Books2008, ISBN 978-0-1410-3459-1. Highly recommended to all who would like to read a contrarian view to everything that we think we know !

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