What’s cultish and what’s passe is a function of time — like puke in Maanga’s glory days, David Lynch and Douglas Hofstadter in the 80s, Internet in the mid 90s and Hannibal Hamlin and Herbert Hoover in Oct 2008.
By extension, one can at best sneer when people call themselves a fan of that Taleb person. Then, one reads a fresh mint using finance and intelligence on the same page.
After all, Maanga always sucked. Therefore, Taleb must be wise.