Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Unabridged)
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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From the best-selling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a book on how some things actually benefit from disorder. In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner. The antifragile is immune to prediction errors. Why is the city-state better than the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is everything that is both modern and complicated bound to fail? The audiobook spans innovation by trial and error, health, biology, medicine, life decisions, politics, foreign policy, urban planning, war, personal finance, and economic systems. And throughout, in addition to the street wisdom of Fat Tony of Brooklyn, the voices and recipes of ancient wisdom, from Roman, Greek, Semitic, and medieval sources, are heard loud and clear. Extremely ambitious and multidisciplinary, Antifragile provides a blueprint for how to behave - and thrive - in a world we don't understand, and which is too uncertain for us to even try to understand and predict. Erudite and witty, Taleb’s message is revolutionary: What is not antifragile will surely perish.
Small, but valueable ideas outweighed by a massive ego
Nassim presents an interesting idea, but it seems to be overshawoded by his love for himself. His thinking is carried and shaped by others to whom he gives little credit. The idea that something benefits from disorder is somewhat obvious in my opinion and this book does an okay job at exploring how and where that happens. However, its packed with assumptions and non-falsifialbe claims, many of which can be easily contradicted with basic empricism. For example, has the firearms industry grown safer or more dangerous from the disorder it has imposed on the United States? Nassim would say that guns are safer because of mass shootings, like an airplane crash benefits the airlines; however, the data suggests otherwise.
A good book
This book would be a whole lot shorter if his ego did not make an appearance on each page, otherwise a number of related good ideas.
I'm an atheist, but God bless you Nassim
Every book of this great philosopher is mind blowing and eye opening to me. The truth is there and Nassim puts the light on it. Keep bringing to us great ideas Nassim. Thank you -Asaf, Israel.