Scott Patterson | Inside The Worldview Of Nassim Taleb… And Patterson’s Fellow Chaos Kings

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Scott Patterson | The Curious Worldview Podcast #148

Scott Patterson writes for the WSJ and is author of The Quants, DarkPools and Chaos Kings. 

Anyone who has listened to this podcast for a while will be familiar with my affinity for Nassim Taleb and know just how influential he has been on shaping my worldview…

And Chaos Kings is incredible because it deep dives into the competing worldviews of these various chaos kings. People who optimise their lives around the tail risks. Extremely rare and extremely impactful events. The types of events which most people discount as an impossibility or write off as a ‘would never happen to me’ type of unlikely. 

Just a few of the characters profiled in this book include Bill Ackman, who runs the famous Pershing Square hedge fund, and made one of the greatest trades in recorded history at the beginning of Covid, Nassim Taleb and Mark Spitznagel who together have made billions via their unusual hedge fund, Universa and as well, Didier Sornet, a fascinatingly interesting french mathematician and academic who believes opposite to Taleb, that Black Swans can be predicted.

In this podcast with Scott Patterson, you can expect to hear about the core of the chaos kings worldview, a lot about Nassim Taleb, serendipity and as well anecdotes for days that give you a deep insight into Scott as both a journalist and author.

Time Stamps For Scott Patterson

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 02:30 – How The Chaos Kings Have Effected Scott’s Worldview
  • 10:10 – Taleb’s Hedge Fund Antifragile Trading Strategy
  • 12:40 – Scott’s Introduction To Taleb & Spitznagel
  • 21:50 – What Principles Enabled Taleb & Spitznagel To Endure Loss Day After Day
  • 28:55 – Why Do These Masters Of Risk Expose Themselves To Such Physical Risk
  • 34:15 – The Core Of The Chaos Kings Worldview
  • 47:47 – Taleb Or Sornet?
  • 48:06 – Nassim Taleb Biography?
  • 48:23 – Chamath Palihapatya
  • 49:36 – How Does A Journalist Optimise For Tail Risk + Extremistan Explained For Authors
  • 54:29 – How Will Scott Teach His Son To Optimise For Serendipity
  • 55:55 – What Country Is Scott Bullish On

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