Nassim Nicholas Taleb: the prophet of boom and doom


The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This is the original article by Bryan Appleyard that first switched me on to the the whole Paleo idea a couple of years ago. It’s a great piece about a brilliant guy Nassim Taleb. If you’ve not read it, I can highly recommend his book The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

But the biggest rule of all is his eccentric and punishing diet and exercise programme. He’s been on it for three months and he’s lost 20lb. He’s following the thinking of Arthur De Vany, an economist – of the acceptable type – turned fitness guru. The theory is that we eat and exercise according to our evolved natures. Early man did not eat carbs, so they’re out. He did not exercise regularly and he did not suffer long-term stress by having an annoying boss. Exercise must be irregular and ferocious – Taleb often does four hours in the gym or 360 press-ups and then nothing for 10 days. Jogging is useless; sprinting is good. He likes to knacker himself completely before a long flight. Stress should also be irregular and ferocious – early men did not have bad bosses, but they did occasionally run into lions.

Read the full article here.

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