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Antifragile

Things That Gain From Disorder
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas (Book - 2012 )
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"Like the Greek hydra that grows two heads for each one it loses, people, systems, and institutions that are "antifragile" not only withstand shocks, they benefit from them. In a modern world dominated by chaos and uncertainty, Antifragile is a revolutionary vision from one of the most subversive and important thinkers of our time"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Taleb, Nassim Nicholas, 1960-
Title: Antifragile
things that gain from disorder
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxi, 519 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Contents: Book 1. The antifragile : an introduction
Book 2. Modernity and the denial of antifragility
Book 3. A nonpredictive view of the world
Book 4. Optionality, technology, and the intelligence of antifragility
Book 5. The nonlinear and the nonlinear
Book 6. Via negativa
Book 7. The ethics of fragility and antifragility
Summary: "Like the Greek hydra that grows two heads for each one it loses, people, systems, and institutions that are "antifragile" not only withstand shocks, they benefit from them. In a modern world dominated by chaos and uncertainty, Antifragile is a revolutionary vision from one of the most subversive and important thinkers of our time"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 1400067820
9781400067824
0679645276
9780679645276
Branch Call Number: 155.24 T1432a 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Complexity (Philosophy) Forecasting Uncertainty (Information theory) Social aspects
Topical Term: Complexity (Philosophy)
Forecasting
Uncertainty (Information theory)
LCCN: 2012028697
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Jun 06, 2014
  • AnarchyintheLC rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The central idea of this book is very interesting, but it was almost unreadable because of Taleb's constant sniping at academics and other professionals (often in very petty ways, such as describing someone as "pear-shaped" in the middle of a retelling of an argument for no apparent reason).

Personally, I find him unbearable.

The concept of antifragility is very interesting, and some of his basic descriptions and strategies are useful, but the bulk of this book is Taleb talking about how smart he is in a way that lacks any subtlety or grace.

Jan 08, 2014
  • bette108 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An most interesting read, especially if I could have understood all of it. I found it a bit of "heavy go" to read, but also fascinating. Just the same, I think Taleb could have got his point across in 25% less pages.

Feb 15, 2013
  • delfon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

See "Foucaults Pendalum", Umberto Eco writes much the same....detailed honing in on mundane topical ideas.

Uncertainty is the game, education is not good, and its good, big companies are good, and are not good, these seems the pattern Taleb gets down and mean with his education assertions...... The real surprise is in learning the historicity of the industrial revolution as being not a result of scientists, but as a result perhaps of those with lots of liesure time. Prescient for our times where 'liesure time" is equated with laziness, not insight and genius as of old. There seems an agenda, and its very complex to unravel. Compexities where there should be none. Ho Joon Chang is a radical economist, no he is not.!! I would warn this book is not all it seems. Barbs here and there, and no real historical content, excepting for the 'industrial revelution as having some innnovators. After reflection, my feeling is, its a waste of time.

Jan 08, 2013
  • davie1003 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent thesis;

Jan 01, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Unlike his prior two best sellers on economics, "Fooled by Randomness" and "Black Swan", Antifragile is more like a collection of philosophical social science essays on the difference between "Fragile - Please Handle with Care" and "Antifragile - Please Mishandle" (two ends of a bar-bell or the tails of a "normal" distribution of black swan events. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/26/a-manifesto-for-disorder-nassim-nicholas-taleb-s-antifragile-reviewed.html While you may not agree with some of Taleb's "insights", it is nonetheless filled with many interesting views that are worthy for readers to ponder. The "glossary" and "additional notes, afterthoughts and further reading" included in the end of the book are great for "food for thoughts". (Tabeb appears to have contradicted himself that he detested writing op/eds but yet he has just written one published in NY Times on 12/24/2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/24/opinion/stabilization-wont-save-us.html?smid=pl-share )

"The Vancouver Sun" of December 15, 2012 included "Antifragile" in its list of 'intriguing reads from the world of business'. "Taleb seemed almost prescient with his 2007 [book] 'The Black Swan' about how economies are more likely to be disrupted by big, unexpected events that we later try to explain away. By extension, his followup offering ['Antifragile'] theorizes that successful economic systems will be ones that are resilient to shocks and volatility - not those that seek to keep chaos at bay.'

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Jun 06, 2014
  • AnarchyintheLC rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I want to live happily in a world I don't understand.

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