Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

Nassim Nicholas Taleb / Jul 19, 2019

Antifragile Things That Gain from Disorder Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb s landmark Incerto series an investigation of opacity luck uncertainty probability human error risk and decision making in a world we d

  • Title: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
  • Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • ISBN: 9780812979688
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision making in a world we don t understand The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black SAntifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision making in a world we don t understand The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.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, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil What Taleb has identified and calls antifragile is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish In The Black Swan, Taleb showed us that highly improbable and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our world In Antifragile, Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner The antifragile is beyond the resilient or robust The resilient resists shocks and stays the same the antifragile gets better and better Further, the antifragile is immune to prediction errors and protected from adverse events Why is the city state better than the nation state, why is debt bad for you, and why is what we call efficient not efficient at all Why do government responses and social policies protect the strong and hurt the weak Why should you write your resignation letter before even starting on the job How did the sinking of the Titanic save lives The book spans innovation by trial and error, life decisions, politics, urban planning, war, personal finance, economic systems, and medicine 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 loud and clear Antifragile is a blueprint for living in a Black Swan world Erudite, witty, and iconoclastic, Taleb s message is revolutionary The antifragile, and only the antifragile, will make it.Praise for Antifragile Ambitious and thought provoking highly entertaining The Economist A bold book explaining how and why we should embrace uncertainty, randomness, and error It may just change our lives Newsweek Revelatory Taleb pulls the reader along with the logic of a Socrates Chicago Tribune Startling richly crammed with insights, stories, fine phrases and intriguing asides I will have to read it again And again Matt Ridley, The Wall Street Journal Trenchant and persuasive Taleb s insatiable polymathic curiosity knows no bounds You finish the book feeling braver and uplifted New Statesman Antifragility isn t just sound economic and political doctrine It s also the key to a good life Fortune At once thought provoking and brilliant Los Angeles TimesFrom the Hardcover edition.

    Antifragile Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Antifagile points out the value of systems that gain from disorder, chaos, or volatility For example, a fragile state is catching a disease, a neutral state is avoiding exposure to anyone infected with the disease, and antifragile state is being vaccinated where a Antifragile Things That Gain from Disorder Incerto Antifragile is a term he appears to have coined to mean things that benefit from shock, stress and volatility A good example of this is human muscle that grows and develops the it is stressed up to a point, of course. Antifragile, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb The New York Times Dec , A reader could easily run out of adjectives to describe Nassim Nicholas Taleb s new book Antifragile Things That Gain From Disorder The first ones that come to mind are maddening, bold, repetitious, judgmental, intemperate, erudite, reductive, shrewd, self indulgent, self congratulatory, provocative, pompous, penetrating, perspicacious and Antifragile Things That Gain From Disorder Review Facebook s software slogan, Move Fast and Break Things is an ultimate antifragile ideology By breaking things, embracing errors and mistakes, and mishandling the product, the software becomes stronger as a result of that. Antifragile Things That Gain From Disorder Nassim Taleb Apr , In Antifragile Things That Gain From Disorder, Nassim Taleb explains the concept of antifragility Everything that is alive, and everything that stays alive displays some sort of antifragility. Antifragile Antifragile Things That Gain From Disorder is a book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb published on November , , by Random House in the United States and Penguin in the United Kingdom. Antifragile Things That Gain from Disorder Nassim Antifragile Things That Gain from Disorder Incerto and over one million other books are available for Kindle. Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb PenguinRandomHouse About Antifragile In Antifragile, Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner The antifragile is beyond the resilient or robust The resilient resists shocks and stays the same the antifragile gets better and better. Antifragile Quotes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb Antifragile Quotes I ve debated many economists who claim to specialize in risk and probability when one takes them slightly outside their narrow focus, but within the discipline of probability, they fall apart, with the disconsolate face of a gym rat in front of a gangster hit man Nassim Nicholas Taleb , Antifragile Things That Gain from Disorder. Antifragile How to Live in a World We Don t Understand by The author of The Black Swan has now written a baggy, dispiriting, antisocial mess of a book By David Runciman

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      • Nassim Nicholas Taleb

        Taleb has devoted his life to problems of uncertainty, probability, and knowledge He spent two decades as a trader before becoming a philosophical essayist and academic researcher in probability theory Although he now spends most of his time either working in intense seclusion in his study, or as a fl neur meditating in caf s across the planet, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University s Polytechnic Institute His main subject matter is decision making under opacity , that is, a map and a protocol on how we should live in a world we don t understand.His works are grouped under the general title Incerto latin for uncertainty , composed of a trilogy accessible in any order Antifragile, The Black Swan, and Fooled by Randomness plus two addenda a book of philosophical aphorisms The Bed of Procrustes and a freely available Technical Companion Taleb believes that prizes, honorary degrees, awards, and ceremonialism debase knowledge by turning it into a spectator sport See for details.


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    1. Taleb seems constitutionally angry, dismissive, and contrarian--sometimes to the point of being an asshole. However, one cannot deny his talent of conveying crucially important concepts in a clear and entertaining fashion. I would rather have every one of my biases and heuristics kicked around so I will reconsider where they came from--and whether to keep them--than be coddled and comforted.Perhaps the best heuristic reminders I received from this book: 1/ Invest (trust) in people, not plans. 2/ [...]


    2. The author goes to extreme lengths to make up new words or turn common sense wisdom on its head. "Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder and stressors. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile." Really? The word "adaptable" wouldn't suffice? "Antifragile" is not the last word he makes up, either. Instead of writing the word "brave," for instance, [...]


    3. "Antifragile" is a book that is difficult to summarize. I'll try to mention a few major ideas. If they come out confusing, it's my fault - read the book :)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 [...]


    4. Taleb has some great ideas. Unfortunately, he also has what he calls "FU money," which allows him to do what he wants without suffering fools. Which, for Taleb, includes pretty much anyone, including editors, whose help he could use.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 [...]


    5. This book has been such a disappointmentIt 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 explaining [...]


    6. I've been reading this book, Antifragile, for almost four weeks. I call it reading. I've turned all the pages. I've read all the words. That's reading, right?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 [...]


    7. What a frustrating book.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.


    8. Antifagile points out the value of systems that gain from disorder, chaos, or volatility. For example, a fragile state is catching a disease, a neutral state is avoiding exposure to anyone infected with the disease, and antifragile state is being vaccinated (where a small dosage produces immunity to the disease). There are many examples in the book, like lack of physical exertion, walking, and jogging. The rigorous activity of jogging increases health benefits, whereas no stressors to the body m [...]


    9. I sat on this review for a long time, because this book bothered me. I really disliked both the author and his work. The writing is punchy, blustery, privileged, and utterly without charm. Taleb barely dips his toe into each topic before asserting that he has proven another point. Antifragile is very weak on evidence.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 [...]


    10. The author somehow is able to pull off sounding like an arrogant prick and simultaneously like an insecure whiner. The rare examples when the author wrote something that was true or significant do not offset the hundred of pages of unsubstantiated assertions and purely fabricated nonsense.


    11. This is one of the most important books I've ever read, it opened my eyes to entire new mindset and gave me a new framework for understanding the world. I know some of you reading this book will find the cocky tone of the author unbearable but just keep plowing through, the ideas shared inside are based on a very powerful logic that's hard to argue against. If I had to pick the 2 big ideas of the book I would say they are: 1. Design your life around anti-fragility (allow the stress of life to st [...]


    12. I had previously read Nassim Taleb's The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable; I enjoyed it, and this book is definitely better. Taleb has a very non-traditional style of writing--often conversational, historical, philosophical, and scientific--all at the same time. 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 [...]


    13. A truly dreadful text.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 [...]


    14. I really tried to finish this e-book (I might not have picked it if I had realized it was so long and would be so hard to stomach). I hate to give an opinion on any book until I've finished and given it every possible chance of redeeming itself. I struggled through more than a third of the 500+ pages before calling it quits. It is just not worth wasting the time. 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 [...]


    15. I could not point to a worse book that I have read.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 [...]


    16. I couldn't get past the prologue the tone was so snarky it was like being back in middle school with the mean girls. On page 5 - the Soviet-Harvard intellectualsOn page 6 - we are witnessing the rise of a new class of inverse heroes, that is, bureaucrats, bankers, Davos-spending members of the I.A.N.D (International Association of Name Droppers), and academics with too much powerOn page 7, referring to Mother Nature - succeeded in getting here without much command-and-control instructions from a [...]


    17. What a self-centered jerk with an overly simplistic premise. Paraphrased 'Do those things which, regardless of outcome, make you better able to handle change.'I just saved you from listening to his blathering and bragging.


    18. Here’s probably one of the toughest review I ever had to write and I am not sure it is a good one, even if the topic I am addressing is great and important. But it’s been a challenge to summarize what I learnt: Nicholas Nassim Taleb gives in this follow-up to the Black Swan a very interesting analysis of how the world can be less exposed to Black Swans, not by becoming more robust only, but by becoming antifragile, i.e. by benefiting from random events. His views include tensions between the [...]


    19. A horrid book. I really looked forward to this book, but beyond the central concept of how there are things which become better/ strengthen in the face of adversity, and how they ought to be termed 'antifragile' - the book has very little to offer.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.


    20. I sometimes receive emails from demented would-be Nobel prizewinners with titles like “the Fallacy of Einsteinian Hadronic Universes” that academics have apparently conspired to have suppressed. They’re incomprehensible of course, and I don’t read them. But I did read Antifragile. All of it, including the appendix.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 is [...]


    21. I'm predisposed to like new ideas, unexpected outcomes, and even a bit of irreverence. But after just 13 pages of Taleb's narcissistic, contrarian-for-contrarianism's-sake drivel, I decided I had better things to do with my life.



    22. I just can't continue this book. This guy is SO full of himself. Not to mention that he keeps contradicting himself, based on whatever he feels like


    23. In the conclusion of this book, Taleb reports that a friend of his asked him to explain his core argument while standing on one foot. Obviously an allusion to the famous story in which a gentile promises to convert if Rabbi Hillel can explain Judaism while standing on one foot, Taleb offers, "the best way to verify if you are alive is to check whether you like variations." 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 [...]


    24. The idea about evolutionary processes in life is old as the theory of evolution itself. Science, technology, economics, etc. are the part of evolution and follow the same evolutionary laws. So, page after page of angry "tea partish" rant against education, science, etc is just tiresome.


    25. I wanted to like this, but found it inscrutably long winded and obnoxiously dull. What is the practical takeaway? Adaptability is preferable to overly complex systems that break down? Why didn't I think of that?!


    26. The prologue set off my crackpot bullshit alarms and skimming the rest of the book didn't reassure me. Just think of all the time I saved!



    27. I really enjoyed Taleb’s book The Black Swan, and picked up his Antifragile shortly after it came out. I started it, and was enjoying it, but stalled out for some reason. I don’t remember. It was dark. They were big. His book found itself in my lamentably large and scattered collection of partly read books. But somewhere in my mind was the thought of finishing it, which I just did a short time ago. Really glad I did.There are places here and there where you have to tolerate some dogmatic bom [...]


    28. It’s not what you said it's how you said it!تقریبا همه با مفهوم شکنندگی آشنا هستن. چیزهایی که از هرج و مرج صدمه می بینن؛ شکستنی هستن. مثل شیشه. چیزهای دیگه ای هم هستن که هرج و مرج و اتفاقات تصادفی تاثیری روی اونها نداره. مثل یک تکه سنگ. یک عده ای هم هستن که از این اتفاقات سود می برن از این شرایط بهره [...]


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