Monday, April 07, 2008

The empirical and the sacred

Nassim Nicholas Taleb in the FT on the limits of his skepticism:
I ask how his views have shaped his life. The key is to separate “the domain of the empirical and the domain of the sacred” he replies. “I select a very small number of things to be sceptical about, such as markets, and on these I am hypersceptic. But I want to be fooled by randomness in art. I want the ceremonial of religion, we are made for it.”