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  • The Black Swan

  • The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 4,772
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273
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Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it in the end...I think.

  • By Judd Bagley on 05-27-09

A grand exploration of counter intuitive honesty.

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Reviewed: 03-30-16

I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all my most thoughtful friends!

  • This Idea Must Die

  • Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress
  • By: John Brockman
  • Narrated by: David Colacci, Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 158
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    4 out of 5 stars 137

Each year,John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, challenges some of the world's greatest scientists, artists, and philosophers to answer a provocative question crucial to our time. In 2014 he asked 175 brilliant minds to ponder: What scientific idea needs to be put aside in order to make room for new ideas to advance? The answers are as surprising as they are illuminating.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • By Michael on 03-07-15

It's a grand ideological birthday full with wisdom

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Reviewed: 02-23-16

It certainly took a little time to finish but it was worth every waking moment. These books are a buffet of food for thought! This is a great read for anyone who enjoys a good idea focused discussion.