I wanted to like it, but Nassim simply doesn't have the mind to write competently on this topic. "there is no antonym for fragile." No? So "durable" isn't an antonym for fragile? "Earth must be perfectly resilient to survive for 4 billion years." No, it doesn't. it doesn't have goals. You don't need to be resilient if you don't have any goals.
Quality, I am interested only in essential quality.
there is a perfect coincidence of this performance and fragility. why censor the author in an Audible book?
makes no sense.
While I am unsure that the author would characterize this as a work of philosophy, I find it a foundational work of deep thoughtfulness that would make philosophy a practical art. Mr. Taleb's understanding of history and commerce are astounding. The definition of "antifragility" is so practical and workable that one wonders why it has not been talked about before. Fortunately, the author offers an answer. His excoriation of my profession, medicine, is incisive, factual and consistent with my 30 year observation of the industry primarily involved in the production of sickness, having an abhorrence of caring for health. Worth the time.
WARNING this book is highly intellectual and comprehensively challenging, if nuanced and detailed explanations bore you, this book is not for you.
the thinking is highly rigorous and if you yourself are not a very rigorous thinker, you probably won't enjoy this book very much.
a lot of people complain about the author being arrogant. the fact of the matter is nassim taleb is a very talented thinker and blows most modern day writers out of the water. He's confident about his correctness because he is often correct, just accept it. if you don't approach this book from a position of humility with a readiness to be challenged, you will probably hate it.
I honestly feel that my life and way of thinking has been altered by this book. of course I don't agree with everything nassim taleb says in this book and that's kinda the point. I think it would be a point of pride for the author to know that his book inspires critical thought.