Sunday, February 8, 2009

Fill in the blanks

The theory was described by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his 2007 book __________. Taleb regards many scientific discoveries as _________—"undirected" and unpredicted. He gives the rise of the Internet, the personal computer, World War I, and the September 11, 2001 attacks as examples of ___________ events.
The term ____________ comes from the commonplace Western cultural assumption that 'All ________ are white'. In that context, a __________ was a metaphor for something that could not exist. The 17th Century discovery of ____________ in Australia metamorphosed the term to connote that the perceived impossibility actually came to pass. Taleb notes that John Stuart Mill first used the ______________ narrative to discuss falsification.

Criteria to identify a ____________ Event based on the author's criteria are:
1. Event has appeared by complete surprise.
2. Event has a major impact.
3. Event, after it has appeared, is 'explained' by human hindsight.


Shazz said...

Black Swan event!! Heard of it all the time on the job.

RR said...

lol patti i see u r nerding for the interviews!!!