Via Negativa. Give Negative Advice
Jos Nieland, Teacher, Netherlands
Good thought. Taleb, the author of the Black Swan concept also thinks in this way. In his new book antifragility he is introducing the idea of the via negativa
. In an opaque world, we hardly know what's going on and we don't know what is a good decision and what's happiness for instance.
What we do know is what's wrong and what's unhappiness. So the only good advice is negative advice. Positive advice comes, according to Taleb, mostly from charlatans.