“Black Swan” (and more recently, “Antifragile”) author Nassim Taleb is known, among other things, for his impassioned arguments against his detractors (especially on Twitter and Facebook).
Yesterday, Taleb sent out a tweet that caused a few other tweeters to poke fun, including Joe Cotterill, a reporter for the Financial Times; Lorcan Roche Kelly, Chief Europe Strategist at Trend Macrolytics; and Karl Whelan, an economist who worked for several years at the Federal Reserve and the Central Bank of Ireland.
To make a long story short, Taleb didn’t find the jokes funny.
The whole thing quickly devolved into a pretty heated exchange that ended up running all the way until this afternoon.
We have chronicled the conversation here.
Of course, as is also common on Twitter, the jokes began immediately as fellow tweeters thought of clever counterexamples
Taleb's Twitter handle had been included in the aforementioned tweets, so he decided to jump back in to the conversation, coining a new term
In keeping with the (mostly) jocular nature of the conversation, Kelly coined a new term of his own, inspired by Taleb's previous tweet
Though Taleb's Twitter handle was not mentioned by Whelan in the previous tweets, Taleb returned to the conversation and (almost literally) threw the book at Whelan
Taleb insinuated that Whelan, a former Central Bank of Ireland economist during the mid-2000s, contributed to the Irish banking crisis
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