Malcom Gladwell: poster child of mediocrity

Malcom Gladwell interviewed by Tyler Cowen of the Mercatus Center, appropriately titled Malcolm Gladwell Wants to Make the World Safe for Mediocrity Gladwell says: So, if your problem is that you’re facing a series of stereotypes about how you are intellectually inferior, how you have…

Malcolm Gladwell – Bait and Switch

Don’t bother me with the details, man, I’m just telling stories It’s understandable why Malcolm Gladwell has kept a low profile in recent years, giving fewer talks and writing fewer columns and books. After a lucrative career as a public pseudo-intellectual spanning 15 long years…

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Thin-Skin In The Game

The Talebian One himself, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, whom I have written about at length on this blog, has a new book, “Skin in the Game”, which he has been promoting on Twitter. This is not a review of the book; rather, it’s a review of…

Pop Psychology Charlatans

How to act less stupid, according to psychologists “The stupidest thing someone can do is overestimate themselves,” he said. “What that tells us is that you don’t have to have a low IQ, in people’s eyes, to act stupidly. You just have to misperceive your…

Malcom Gladwell, Exasperated Idiot

John Paulson, who made his fortune betting against loser homeowners, is donating $400 million to Harvard’s engineering school – a good use of money to help America’s best and the brightest. Malcom Gladwell, who along with Taleb, Ariely, Kahneman and other liberals is famous for…

Telling Fairy Tales To Spare Our Feelings

From Quora How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson? Why can’t we have an honest debate about success and the role of IQ? Why do we need to lie to ourselves and then spread these lies…