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Still Surprised?

In a wonderful book called “The Black Swan”, Nassim Nicholas Taleb makes some strong statements. He challenges us to consider exactly how smart we are; and what is it that makes us think we are “smart”? Though he doesn’t explicitly quote him, he reminds me of the line in the Paul Simon song: It’s just imagination they lack. Everything’s the same back in my little town.“ “Living on the planet today,” writes Taleb, “requires a lot more imagination that we are made to have.” We continue to be surprised, he writes, because we have no affinity for the outliers in…

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