The Intellectual Yet Idiot
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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My son when he was 14 said to me “You’re not the boss of me.” Or maybe that was me saying that to my father when I was 14. This article strikes me as more of the same. “Those people,” intellectual posers, are crudely lumped together and dismissed by what they read, what they don’t read, where they supposedly live — it’s just more Trump anti-intellectualism but framed by a supposed “real” intellectual who has “skin in the game,” whatever that means. Now let’s talk about what we have in common: global warming, a culture that thinks violence is sexy, governments with way too much greed and too many weapons, and the most unutterable problem of all, overpopulation…..let’s talk about what we need to change and what we can do, not who a poser.