Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, Unknown Knowns, Unknown Unknowns

Donald Rumsfeld in a 2002 press conference fostered the birth of the memes of “known knowns” and “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns” which, to be frank, has long been a mystery to me. So I thought I needed to unpack it today as I can see it’s pretty important when considering the nature of black… Continue reading Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, Unknown Knowns, Unknown Unknowns

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Nassim Taleb on Extreme Events

Darwin College lecture in 2020 before COVID-19 set in is super interesting. Taleb walks through his notion of Mediocristan versus Extremistan (and there’s a mention of Meritocristan as = Mediocristan). The lecture is introduced by Professor Mary Fowler who gives reference to an interesting quote that goes, “Events, dear boy, events.”

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