Subjects Keeping Me Awake

05/09/2008

Life at the top of the pyramid

Filed under: Books — bjosk @ 20:25
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Escher I would imagine, found that last precious step of the Maslow pyramid.

Escher I would imagine, found that last precious step of the Maslow pyramid.

I always wanted to be a writer. The illusions I suppose, of red wine and long nights. I wanted to tell the world… something. Something grand. Every now then I read a book which reinvigorates that dream. Last time it was Nassim Nicholas Talebs The Black Swan. Mr Taleb takes me through his domains as a professional practitioner of randomness(read: options trader) with such passion it is hard to even imagine the man caring for such trivialities as the here and now and yet oddly enough, that is all he has. It is all any of us have. And I don’t mean that in the time-is-scarce-carpe-diem kind of way. No, this is something very different. For if tomorrow is so random as Mr Taleb claims, our grand minds miscomprehend it regularly (in reality, this is of course completely random as well) you will do best in being here and now while it is still behaving the way you expect it to. Now that is what I am going to do and try again to start writing so that I can be any good at it before I die.

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1 Comment »

  1. Very nicely worded.

    Comment by Rowan Truman — 16/03/2009 @ 14:08 | Reply


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