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Black Swan Review |

Reader Alex passed along his recent The Black Swan book review. Why Do You Recommend This Book? The Black Swan made me realize that living a carefully planned out life is a mistake. I remember after I first read the book at the now-closed Borders on Michigan Ave in Chicago while I was still in law […]

Alex Reviews Fooled By Randomness

Reader Alex submitted his review of Fooled By Randomness. Here’s a snippet and a link to his full review. Fooled By Randomness (FBR) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (NNT) made me rethink everything I thought I knew about how the world worked. Although it appears in the Business or Finance sections at the bookstore, its lessons […]

HEACH: Antifragile – a review or two, sort of

Antifragile – Things That Gain from Disorder, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb ISBN 9780141038223 While I was reading this book – during the days around Christmas 2013 – a major storm ravaged northern and western Europe. At one point my wife asked “What is that book about, anyway” and the perfect illustration of my answer presented […]

‘Antifragile’ by Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Middle Way Society

On the other hand, it also seems that Taleb’s ethical basis is very traditional. He admits to be a faithful follower of the Orthodox Church, and shows no desire to be in the least critical of its metaphysical rigidities. It seems rather odd that he can blame scientists for cherry-picking data but not priests for […]

Book review: Antifragile | Nick Dunbar

The word ‘optionality’ is too narrow for his purposes, so Taleb coins the term ‘fragility’ for entities or systems that are short options, and ‘antifragility’ for those that are long. Taleb’s point is that when uncertainty increases, culminating in extreme events, ‘fragile’ things die or fail, while ‘antifragile’ ones survive and thrive, like option traders […]