Aphorisms, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Procrastination is the soul rebelling against entrapment.

They think that intelligence is about noticing things that are relevant (detecting patterns); in a complex world, intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant (avoiding false patterns).
 
The difference between love and happiness is that those who talk about love tend to be in love, but those who talk about happiness tend to be unhappy.
 
The problem of knowledge is that there are many more books on birds written by ornithologists than books on birds written by birds and books on ornithologists written by birds.
 
What they call philosophy I call literature; what they call literature I call journalism; what they call journalism I call gossip; and what they call gossip I call voyeurism.
 
A good foe is far more loyal, far more predictable and, to the clever, far more useful than the most valuable admirer.
 
From “The Bed of Procrustes” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
 
Every aphorism here is about a Procrustean bed of sorts – we humans, facing limits of knowledge, and things we do not observe, the unseen and the unknown, resolve the tension by squeezing life and the world into crisp, commoditised ideas, reductive categories, specific vocabularies and pre-packaged narratives, which, on occasion, has explosive con sequences. Further, we seem unaware of this backward fitting – much as if tailors who take great pride in delivering the perfectly fit ting suit did so by surgically altering the limbs of their customers. For instance, few realise that we are changing the brains of schoolchildren through medication in order to make them adjust to the curriculum, rather than the reverse.”
 
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