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A Manifesto for Disorder: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ Reviewed – The Daily Beast

And like many attempts to lay the foundation for a new philosophical system, it offers its own vocabulary and a platter of new concepts. Hubristic wielders of rationality are dubbed “fragilistas” (Alan Greenspan, at one point, is labeled an “uberfragilista”). Those who practice “naïve interventionism” by recklessly meddling in complex systems often give rise to “iatrogenics,” or “harm done by the healer, as when a doctor’s interventions do more harm then good.” The many who believe that human knowledge begins in the academy are guilty of the fallacy of “lecturing birds on how to fly.” There are so many neologisms and repurposed turns of phrase, in fact, that a back-of-the-book glossary is provided for easy reference.

via A Manifesto for Disorder: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ Reviewed – The Daily Beast.

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