Also - my best friends are my total opposites, and I really enjoy that. I like it more than sitting around constantly agreeing with one another - and it’s led to many a night sitting around with a group of people I don’t know talking about things I don’t know about, and those nights have been some of the absolute best. You learn that way. I don’t want to sound preachy, or callous, but you simply don’t learn anything if you’re sitting in a sowing circle, blithely babbling away about the same old things. It’s a big fucking world with a whole lot of people on it - wish there was a better way to express that. That’s why I avoid cliques: work wise and otherwise. It’s flawed logic for the dog to keep chasing its own tail and breeds a culture of exclusivity and negativity. Maybe I’m just a sucker for discourse.
You can waste a lot of time on the wrong people - when there’s simply no reason to.
The Black Swan Theory or “Theory of Black Swan Events” was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to explain 1) the disproportionate role of high-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations in history, science, finance and technology, 2) the non-computability of the probability of the consequential rare events using scientific methods (owing to their very nature of small probabilities) and 3) the psychological biases that make people individually and collectively blind to uncertainty and unaware of the massive role of the rare event in historical affairs. Unlike the earlier philosophical “black swan problem”, the “Black Swan Theory” (capitalized) refers only to unexpected events of large magnitude and consequence and their dominant role in history. Such events, considered extreme outliers, collectively play vastly larger role than regular occurrences.