Nassim Nicholas Taleb
has been a guest of The Colbert Report
and got nailed in the process

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb is an author who has written on the subject of randommness, and the winner of The Colbert Report's 'Pull a Guest Out of a Hat Sweepstakes'.

As the winner, he was allowed to appear as Stephen's guest on the May 8, 2007 edition of The Report.


  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable


1. The Power of Randomness

2. Firetruck Roastbeef Jackhammer

3. Purple Monkey Dishwasher

4. Hey Look, A Butterfly!

5. A Biography of Ginger Spice

6. Electrical Chimpanzees

7. iwehtieoke

8. Pineapple Towel Apron



Two points

  1. The future is unpredictable
  2. Humans attempt to convince themselves that the future is predictable by explaining it after it has already happened


Until Europeans explored Australia, they believed that all swans were white. But the first sighting of a black swan down under ruined everything.

no difference between crazy and imaginative

TCR is a black swan

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