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Michael

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  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
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    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    Liz says: "big fan but what is up with the bleeps?"
    "Expert at Wall Street Branches Out and FAILS"
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    Black Swan is the Masterpiece by Taleb.
    This book is a massive "Reversion toward the Mean".
    A Total And Utter Tour de Force of Horseshit, on a massive list of subject's Taleb is utterly incompetent, holding neophyte status in.

    Too many times, the vast majority of times Taleb enters subject areas assuming incompetence in the field based in his limited knowledge of the field, from diet to diabetes. Nassim assumes incompetence he may have read from the editorial pages of the WSJ, but not the actual journals of the subjects he discusses.

    Just one example, on the one hand he ridicules the NY 20 oz soda ban, no the other he assumes dietitians and pediatricians don't know the dangers of juices and sodas.

    He attacks "liberal" economists who generally agree with his proposals, as if Stiglitz doesn't know "Agency" problems, and hasn't railed against them, as Taleb himself has.

    This book is a massive attack on "Straw Men", things that aren't true and no one believes.
    At Total Waste of your Time and Money.

    if you wish to read Taleb, competent in his subject matter, buy Black Swan.

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