From the best-selling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a book on how some things actually benefit from disorder.
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. The antifragile is immune to prediction errors. Why is the city-state better than the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is everything that is both modern and complicated bound to fail? The audiobook spans innovation by trial and error, health, biology, medicine, life decisions, politics, foreign policy, urban planning, war, personal finance, and economic systems. And throughout, in addition to the street wisdom of Fat Tony of Brooklyn, the voices and recipes of ancient wisdom, from Roman, Greek, Semitic, and medieval sources, are heard loud and clear.
Extremely ambitious and multidisciplinary, Antifragile provides a blueprint for how to behave - and thrive - in a world we don't understand, and which is too uncertain for us to even try to understand and predict. Erudite and witty, Taleb’s message is revolutionary: What is not antifragile will surely perish.
©2012 Nassim Nicholas Taleb (P)2012 Random House Audio
"[This] is the lesson of Taleb...and also the lesson of our volatile times. There is more courage and heroism in defying the human impulse, in taking the purposeful and painful steps to prepare for the unimaginable." (Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point)
"[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne." (The Wall Street Journal)
"The most prophetic voice of all.... [Taleb is] a genuinely significant philosopher...someone who is able to change the way we view the structure of the world through the strength, originality and veracity of his ideas alone." (GQ)
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.
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.
This book has so many ideas and interesting concepts.
Except he can't say 'modernity' it's great
Nope, far too long and to many ideas.
I really tried to give this book a chance I have done several economic and technical books using this format but I just could not finish this one. He strokes his ego ad nauseum and he is light on statistics.
"Adventures in brewing" by the guy from Dogfish.
This guy was so busy patting himself on the back he did not touch on his technical analysis in enough depth for me. I was annoyed with him.
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