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Hungry Donkeys

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Hungry Donkeys
So far we argued that preventing randomness in an antifragile system is not always a good idea. Let us now look at the situation in which adding randomness has been a standard operating method, as the needed fuel for an antifragile system permanently hungry for it.A donkey equally hungry and thirsty caught at equal distance between food and water would unavoidably die of either hunger or thirst. But he can be saved thanks to a random nudge, one way or another. This metaphor is named Buridan’s donkey after the medieval philosopher Jean de Buridan who —among other, very complicated things —introduced the thought experiment. When some systems are caught in a dangerous impasse randomness and only randomness can unlock them away from it. You can see here that absence of randomness equals guaranteed death…

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