“If you believe that you are right in theory, you can completely ignore the real world”

“As we saw with the interventionistas, a certain class of theoretical people can despise the details of reality, and completely so. If you believe that you are right in theory, you can completely ignore the real world –and vice versa. And you don’t really care how your ideas affect others because your ideas make you belong to some virtuous status that is impervious to how it affects others.”

~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Merchandising of Virtue (Excerpts from Skin in the Game) on Medium

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