Causes and Catalysts

by Matt B. on December 1, 2014

In his book Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb argues that irresponsible bankers and their mortgage-backed Ponzi schemes didn’t cause the 2008 financial crisis. Instead, their shenanigans were only the catalyst – the straw that broke the camel’s back. The cause of the crisis, Taleb claims, was a deeper and more systemic fragility. It’s a fascinating line of argument, one that offers an almost perfect metaphor for OCD.

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Brandon January 17, 2015 at 12:16 am

Matt,
I thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences here. I am 30 and have been recently been diagnosed with late onset harm OCD. It’s the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with in my life. Your podcast has helped me describe to others in a much more articulate way what I now deal with on a daily basis. I can’t thank you enough for shedding some light where there once was none at all. Keep talking

Matt Bieber January 17, 2015 at 2:40 am

Oh man, Brandon – I’m sorry to hear that you’ve gotten hit with this, but I’m very very glad that you’re taking it on in such a serious way. You’re right – it’s the hardest thing, and all the harder for being so intangible and flighty. Anyway, your post inspired me to record a new episode, which I’ll post soon.

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