Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Nassim Taleb quote

A little different take than Steven Pinker's case, as I understand it, in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature.

“Some people have fallen for the naive turkey-style belief that the world is getting safer and safer, and of course they naively attribute it to the holy “state” (though bottom-up Switzerland has about the lowest rate of violence of any place on the planet). It is exactly like saying that nuclear bombs are safer because they explode less often. The world is subjected to fewer and fewer acts of violence, while wars have the potential to be more criminal….When we look at risks in Extremistan, we don’t look at evidence (evidence comes too late), we look at potential damage: never has the world been more prone to more damage; never. It is hard to explain to naive data-driven people that risk is in the future, not in the past.” –Nassim Taleb, Antifragile