Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fooled By Randomness?

Watching Nassim Taleb yesterday on TV gave me the desire to post something despite being so overloaded by work i even forget what day it is.
I for once, am a firm believer in randomness. Accepting that life is random, that we don't really know everything , that we can't predict much and still finding a way to live with all of that is the kind of freedom and state of mind that might allow people to live better and maybe even suffer less when they do actually get to suffer.
We try to explain and control our environment but most of the time we do that in retrospective way fooling ourselves into thinking that it was so obvious all along and it could have been predicted. Pondering about this concept during the day led me to the conclusion that believing so does not necessarily contradict neither religion nor science in general, something which i found pretty interesting. More randomness is the price we pay for being arrogant and take big risks.
We almost never make empirical observations/conclusions . We prefer to use events to rather reinforce our own point of view of how we think things work or should work. We never admit that we don't know too much and we forget that you can learn more from a loser then a winner.
On a different note, when will we ever learn to be more efficient and less lazy at work?


Anonymous said...

true, very true...
Nassim Taleb inspired me a lot too

Liliane said...

i agree on the last one lol... efficiency and less lazy is something I think is hard for me to attain :P