The topic: GMOs.
And like too many fights on Twitter, things took an ugly personal turn.
It began when Taleb took issue with this Josh Barro tweet from Wednesday:
Strong correlation between people who think vaccines are bad, think GMOs are bad, think gluten is bad.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) September 18, 2014
Taleb followed a few hours later with an anti-journalist jab, something he’s well-known for.
Barro wasn’t having that. Things spiraled.
The paper Taleb tweeted at Barro is called “The Precaution Principle (with Application to the Genetic Modification of Organisms),” and argues that the precaution principle should be used to “prescribe severe limits on GMOs.”
Last year, Taleb said he would take a fight to Twitter if one of the following conditions were in place:
“…his critics 1) use “straw man arguments” (misrepresenting my ideas to critique them), 2) transform low probability bets into deterministic predictions, 3) mistake P/L (profit/loss) for prediction.”
Our guess is Barro violated nos. 1 and 2.