Nassim Taleb, the author of "The Black Swan", said he would retreat from public life if Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gains a second term at the helm of the central bank.
"What I am seeing and hearing on the news — the reappointment of Bernanke — is too hard for me to bear," Taleb wrote on his blog on The Huffington Post.
"I am not blaming Bernanke (he doesn't even know he doesn't understand how things work or that the tools he uses are not empirical); it is the Senators appointing him who are totally irresponsible — as if we promoted every doctor who committed malpractice," he wrote.
Taleb wrote he will not take part in interviews in the press and will not go to the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.
"I need to withdraw as immediately as possible into the Platonic tranquility of my library, work on my next book, find solace in science and philosophy, and mull the next step," he wrote, adding that "I will only (briefly) emerge from my hiatus when the publishers force me to do so upon the publication of the paperback edition of The Black Swan."