Whose body do you refuse?

Whose body do you refuse when you stand naked before a mirror and call yourself fat? Pinching your love handles, groping some part of flesh you deem excessive, telling yourself there is still so much that must go — whose hatred, whose body? Who listens when you speak to yourself, ventriloquizing others who in fact…

Fragility and antifragility

Nassim Taleb, on Facebook, posted this today: Experience is not much of a teacher; it is, rather, a continuous exit exam. For we are not very good at “learning” from events. – You are told that experience is accumulated knowledge when it is largely a survival filter, a fitness test. Those we call “experienced” are…

Jonah Lehrer got paid $20,000 for his appearance at a conference in Miami. This isn’t surprising. Who believed he was going to disappear forever after admitting to fabricating Bob Dylan quotes, and being humiliated for his lack of journalistic ethics during a riotous few weeks? A “compelling” bad guy is worth as much as a…

10 travel tips for myself in the future

I travel a lot. It’s an ongoing semi-joke among my friends and the authors I work with that with every few emails I send, I switch countries and have to explain that I’m in a new time zone, my emails come late, etc… And yet I continue to forget the most basic things I pick…