“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.