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Taleb at Princeton April 10, 2012

No sign of a recording as of yet. Will post as soon as one comes available.

 Taleb opened his lecture with a question: “What is the opposite of fragile?”

After a few attempted answers from the audience, Taleb explained that there is no antonym for fragile in common English. He introduced the term “antifragile” as one of the terms he uses to view the stability of systems — financial, political or otherwise — the other most important term being “fragile.” Fragile systems, he explained, have a higher risk of “downside,” meaning that that the introduction of a new variable is more dangerous, while antifragile systems, by contrast, are more resilient.

Photo by Margaret Hua

via Taleb lectures on market fragility – The Daily Princetonian.

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