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The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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Aug 23, 11

Read from July 29 to August 24, 2011

Nine months later, I've finally finished this book.

Here, Taleb's premise is that incomplete information can give rise to black swan events - improbable events with far-reaching consequences. I really enjoyed his discussion on mechanisms that contribute to system instabilities, particularly in relation to failures of inverse logic and rigid adherence to statistical models which may be poor fits to real distributions.

The only thing holding me back from giving this 5 stars is his irreverent self-referencing and conversational writing style, which I find extremely distracting. This text is verbose and could be shortened by at least 15% for improved readability. Still, good fun.

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