Alexander and His Hectors

I suspect that anyone with an interest in evolutionary psychology or game theory will enjoy this passage from Taleb’s “The Black Swan:”

I discovered that it is much more effective to act like a nice guy and be “reasonable” if you prove willing to go beyond just verbiage. You can afford to be compassionate, lax, and courteous if, once in a while, when it is least expected of you, but completely justified, you sue someone, or savage an enemy, just to show that you can walk the walk.1

  1. Nassim Nicholas Taleb : The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable : Preface

One response to “Alexander and His Hectors”

  1. Cevrik

    My favorite are the parts of that book which are not written by a new yorker columnist with stupid hair, eg all of them.