The ideas in this book were more interesting, more scientifically accurate, and less pretentious when it was called Fight Club. Just go read Fight Club.
Fellow reader, going through this book once is certainly not enough.The book gets better with every read. Up to a certain point, of course.
Typical other books by author. If you can get past his pompous vocabulary trying to impress you there's some good gems of Ideas
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More than met my expectations. It's one I'll likely listen to and read (study) again. Suggestion: how can you (Taleb) teach the math involved to those whose math skills are buried under 30 years of "lack of use"? Consider using Make It Stick (book) techniques.
Taleb's clarity in communicating his experience always overwhelms me when I read his works. I have read this in book form several times, but the audio version helps me to further think about situations using the filter of 'antifragility.' To me this book is a classic because Taleb drains upon classical thinking, history and personal experience in a delightful and thought provoking manner.
Nassim Taleb is a maverick intellect. A nonconformist and the embodiment of antifragility and convexity. Joe Ochman's narration was also genius. Throughly enjoyed this audiobook and will probably listen to it again to really appreciate its brilliance.
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This is really one of my all-time favorite books, and listening to it is a pleasure.
How the ideas from Fooled By Randomness and The Black Swan evolved into Antifragile which is a masterpiece in my view.
The intonation seemed to precisely match Nassim Taleb's intentions, and it was very well done.
It is very interesting, but I think it requires breaks to get the impact of what Mr. Taleb is trying to impart to the reader.
I think that whether it is intentional or not the three works: Fooled By Randomness, The Black Swan, and Antifragile form a great trilogy that was written in reverse order. The reverse order allowed Mr. Taleb to frame his ideas, and it allows the reader to see how much Mr. Taleb thought about his ideas. These are really works to be cherished, and clearly Antifragile is a culmination of the prior two works thereby making them appendices to Antifragile (as Mr. Taleb mentions).
The book becomes a bit of a rant in places, but the points he makes are far closer to truth than the prevailing practices and/or "conventional wisdom."
Taleb is fascinating and probably a genius, but sometimes listening to this I kinda wish he would chill about that and stick to the story. However, in making his points it does seem that it would be much harder to do it any other way.
Definitely worth the read. Highly recommended if you want to think hard about how the world works.
Excellent thinker. Sometimes strays into fields he doesn't know. Less compelling when he's talking about engineering units and more compelling when he's talking systems and risk management.