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He has some legitimately very interesting ideas, but yeah there's more than a whiff of man-with-a-hammer syndrome. Understanding the tails of distributions made him rich, so obviously they're the most important mathematical construct ever!

I've not regretted reading some of his books, but I strongly advise anyone who wants to maintain some respect for him to avoid his Twitter feed at all costs. And I'm one of those highly analytical types that isn't overly burdened by emotional sensitivity. The man really is just that grating in real time. I get the impression that in his books he does some rewriting to limit his more egregious impulses.




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