Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A little Tolstoy for the quants on Wall Street

If only the smart set on Wall Street could see things as clearly as the common man:
"The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.'"
I'm trying to determine whether Tolstoy's remarks are the same as saying: "You can tell a Harvard man but you can't tell him much."

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