Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals how to thrive in an uncertain world.
Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls antifragile are things that not only...more
Perhaps the best heuristic reminders I received from this book: 1/ Invest (trust) in people, not plans. 2/ ...more
Unlike many books of this genre, which spend 200 pages padding a 5 page idea, Antifragile is a fractal of a book, taking it's central ideas and examining and applying them in myriad ways. In that way, it as rich on page 400 as it is on page 2.
Taleb is an independent thinker who is almost impossible to categorize. In fact he revels in question ...more
When are two similar ideas not really the same? Taleb takes the human immune response and the muscle hypertrophy response to resistance training as examples of the same thing--systems responding to stress by getting better able to handle the stress. And they do have ...more
It started absolutely great and has an idea (antifragility) that is worthy and notable and interesting. Wait, let me back up from the beginning: I could not finish this book.
When I read non fiction I tend to stick to certain rules:
1) I want to learn from the books I read. I tend not to read Mathematics, for example, except in formal context, since normally when I read Math being exposed to the general public I noticed how poorly they are really explaini ...more
10% of it was brilliant and original ideas - I was very glad to learn about antifragility and optionality as it relates to life and business.
Unfortunately, the other 90% of it was spent whining (I can't describe it any other way) and moralizing, of the most weaksauce variety. Ugh.
Still worth reading, if you're patient, or if you can skim heavily through his "modern society sucks, the Romans were awesome!" diatribes. ...more
Or is it?
I started off pretty well, somehow managing to get my brain around the whole idea of antifragile, a word the author, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, admits he made up. There is no real word in English that properly names this idea. Everyone understands the idea of fragile, something that is destroyed when stressed. But the opposite of fragi ...more
Taleb's basic thesis is that people and institutions are either fragile, robust, or antifragile. A fragile person is one who thinks he can predict the future--and when things go very sour, he is sorely hurt, usually in a f ...more
You have to worry about an author that thinks he can vocalize an argument through Tony Soprano that defeats Socrates(!!!). Further, he is on Al-Ghazali's side, a Spanish Muslim who ...more
1. Design your life around anti-fragility (allow the stress of life to st ...more
The author has such a pompous view of himself that the first quarter of the book left me positively nauseated. I tried to put personal ...more
Oh, god, where to begin? This is one big ol’ mess of a book. It would be mildly entertaining as an autobiography, and bears a resemblance to Monty Python in places, but it isn’t suppos ...more
The author is disorganized and throws a bunch of random factoids together with an unconvincing unifying theme. The lack of clarity in thinking is reminiscent of the kind of pseudo-intellectual numerology or fact-correlating that you find in works of fiction, but it is made even worse by the fact that the author seems to have a long list of axes to grind, and fills the book with petty name calling. Why is he so obsessed with the "soviet-harvard c ...more
The author is an extremely poor writer, both in command of language (see "non-sissy risk") and in general structure. He is also rather egomaniacal.
The claims made are either commonsensical (see other reviews) or simply wrong. Take the argument that the consolidation of the banking sector caused the recent financial crisis. The Canadian and Australian banking sectors are extremely concentrated in a handful of firms, yet both countries did not endure systemic banking crises ...more
There are places here and there where you have to tolerate some dogmatic bombast ...more
I just saved you from listening to his blathering and bragging. ...more
I'll admit at the beginning of this review: there were sections of this book I had to skip. More on why in a bit.
Taleb's the ...more
I think the book ought to have been worth 50 odd pages; in the end, it's a very badly written book that is difficult to follow.
Let me say up front that I wholeheartedly agree with the nugget of his thesis, which is basically (though he would claim it's much more original than this): what doesn't kill you makes your stronger. Basically, we need to embrace certain kinds of shocks and risks and that developing anti-fragility is key. I also ...more
|Science and Inquiry: January 2021 - Antifragile||12||143||Jan 26, 2021 05:09PM|
|Recommendation for BREC book in July||1||4||Jun 26, 2020 07:04AM|
|Goodreads Librari...: Missing number of pages in book edition||3||13||Mar 13, 2020 07:08PM|
|Political Philoso...: Phenomenology and Theory||15||91||Mar 13, 2018 02:46PM|
|Reader Research Opportunity--Gift Card For Interview||1||10||Aug 29, 2017 01:36AM|
|Indie Revolution ...: Creativity||8||20||Mar 19, 2017 05:23AM|
Taleb is the author of a multivolume essay, the Incerto (The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, Antifragile, and Skin in the Game) an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human erro ...more