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Taleb and the Talmud

"Your bathtub's not trying to kill you." I think that's my favorite line in Nassim Nicholas Taleb's book, Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life. That's part of a short section on why pointing out that more people die in bathtubs than from terrorists attacks are so much nonsense.  That's near the end of the book.

Earlier on he deals more squarely with what it means to have skin in the game with many facets of religion thrown in. Taleb has clearly read up a lot on Jewish thought so that now he can even cite the account of Hillel that he was clearly not familiar with when Yossi Vardi asked him to express his idea "while standing on one leg." See http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2012/01/was-he-pulling-his-leg.html (He refers to same Vardi again in this book on p. 35; perhaps he finally clued him in about what the expression "on one foot" means in a Jewish context. While Taleb doesn't mention that expression specifically…

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