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The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms | [Nassim Nicholas Taleb]

The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect. The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects.
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By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect.

The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects - modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery.

Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized. With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.

©2010 Nassim Nicholas Taleb (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp

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    Jeroen Berkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands 06-24-14
    Jeroen Berkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands 06-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    I really liked listening to mr Taleb's book Fooled by Randomness. As a result, I bought his other books as an audio book as well. But The Bed of Procrustes is a collection of aphorisms without a storyline or even context. As true and insightfull as the aphorisms are, it is very hard to keep concentrated on a bunch loose phrases.

    I did really find a lot of the aphorisms funny and insightfull, so I will recommend this book, but if you are in two mind between buying it in paper or as an audiobook, I recommend you to buy the book in print.

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    wyly c. parsons 04-16-12
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    This is an excellent book although perhaps not suited to listening, it is short and hinges on one sentence aphorisms which would probably be better read one at a time and pondered. To hear them consecutively as in a list is intriguing, and simply gives on a desire to experience the printed book.

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