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How does the barbell strategy apply to health?  A great example is combining occasional, high intensity weight lifting or interval training, alternating with long stretches of rest, recovery and  ”doing nothing”.  The intermittent stress of lifting an extreme weight pushes the body to overcompensate and prepare for an even greater future challenge, but the interlude […]


AMAZON & THE TRUTHFULNESS of THE AMATEUR When The Black Swan came out, the first NYT reviewer Gregg Easterbrook, a professional journalist was clueless and had not read the book nor did he understand much of it… Same with other reviews by academics who skimmed the book and found some angle that links it to […]

Nonfiction Review: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Random, $30 560p ISBN 978-1-4000-6782-4

Here we go! HatTip to Dave Lull. Taleb’s vigorous, blustery prose drips with Nietzschean scorn for academics, bankers, and bourgeois “sissies” who crave comfort and moderation: “If you take risks and face your fate with dignity,” he intones, “insults by half-men small men, those who don’t risk” are no more rankling than “barks by non-human […]