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Nassim Nicholas Taleb @nntaleb
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The real difference in politics isn't the "right" vs "left" gradation but rather "Greek" vs "Roman".

+ Greek = puts theory above practice
+ Roman= puts practice above theory

Be Roman. Now.
BTW, Byzantines were diehard Roman. Greek was just a language.
Many have the illusion that builders used Euclidean geometry. We are lucky they didn't: Euclidean geometry only entered architecture in modern times ...causing the ugly nonfractal structures we have today.

#Antifragile: how academics lie abt role of theory: they WRITE history.
4) Discussion of "Roman" vs "Greek" in #Antifragile based on optionality, which is of course NOT LITERAL & unconditional but a general metaphor:

In general, Romans were conscious of 2nd order effects all across, despised theory, tawkers, & vapid philosophising.
5) What inspired the Greek/Roman metaphor is the incident when Cato expelled Greek philosophers & rhetors from Rome.

Cato was fiercely anti-BS...

(from Fooled by Randomness)
Coincidentally...
What he means by "Greek" literature is ... things for intellectuals.

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