Top Down or Bottom Up?

One of my favorite authors is Nassim Nicholas Taleb. He’s a former Wall Street trader turned modern philosopher. He writes with authority based on hard-earned wisdom.

His books like “Fooled by Randomness” and “The Black Swan” shine a light on how humans make decisions. What may seem perfectly rational can often be the exact opposite.

Taleb has little time for self-proclaimed experts who wield their credentials like a club. His book “Skin in the Game” is an eye-opener on this very topic.

One of the things that he often mentions is how experts seek to “teach birds how to fly.” As if something so basic and innate needs to come from the top down rather than the bottom up.

This bus shelter on 8th Avenue in New York is a perfect example of this flawed thinking.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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