lecturing birds to fly

The fragilista falls for the Soviet-Harvard delusion, the (unscientific) overestimation of the reach of scientific knowledge. Because of such delusion, he is what is called a naive rationalist, a rationalizer, or sometimes just a rationalist, in the sense that he believes that the reasons behind things are automatically accessible to him. And let us not confuse rationalizing with the rational—the two are almost always exact opposites.”

-Nassim Taleb
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder