Nassim Nicholas Taleb

bestselling author of "The Black Swan"

a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, and former option trader and risk analyst, whose work concerns problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. His 2007 book The Black Swan has been described by The Sunday Times as one of the twelve most influential books since World War II.

Nassim has repeatedly expressed his appreciation of Stoic philosophy.

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Stoicism is about the domestication, not necessarily the elimination, of emotions.

It is not about turning humans into vegetables.

My idea of the modern Stoic sage is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into information, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.

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