Saturday, March 17, 2012

Nassim Taleb on explanation-seeking humans

"...we are explanation-seeking animals who tend to think that everything has an identifiable cause and grab the most apparent one as the explanation. Yet there may not be a visible because; to the contrary, frequently there is nothing, not even a spectrum of possible explanations. But silent evidence masks this fact.....we are too brainwashed by notions of causality and we think that it is smarter to say because than to accept randomness." -Nassim Taleb, The Black Swan