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Nassim Taleb has a new book coming out, and is doing a new round of interviews to promote it. One of his stops will be here with TIME. But unlike the other interviews, here at TIME we let you do the asking. So if you have some questions for Mr. Black Swan himself, click here. Will Ben Bernanke cause hyperinflation? Is QE2 a dangerous gamble? Will Sarah Palin cause hyperinflation? Are the banks solvent? Does the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform bill make our economy any safer? If you want to know the answer to any of these questions, submit it to the link above, and we will ask it.
Here’s my question: Taleb has recently been bashing Bernanke saying he doesn’t know what he is doing because he didn’t see the financial crisis coming. But Taleb has also said that the financial crisis was a Black Swan. But isn’t the definition of a black swan something that people don’t see coming. Yes, we should be ready for unusual events. But don’t think you can criticize someone for not see something that by definition was unpredictable, or at least very, very unlikely. What say you Taleb?