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I’d say that what looks to have been a weird, unfunny attempt at a Sokal-like hoax has lowered my opinion of Taleb, but that’s not really possible. Not that I’ve ever read Taleb or have substantial basis for a negative opinion of him per se, but as best as I’ve been able to gather, his entire claim to fame and genius consists of continually yelling at the world that Not All Distributions Are Gaussian, thereby bravely correcting the erroneous belief to the contrary that had been held by, approximately, none people.
Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong there, but assuming I’m not, doesn’t that entire schtick pretty much have to be a hoax? Because if not, that’s sad.
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