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Antifragile celebrates the randomness and unpredictability in all aspects of life. The book teaches readers how to grow stronger by accepting the uncertainty and disorder of the world around them.

Summary Of The Book

If something is fragile, it means that it is delicate and easily damaged. To be antifragile, the author says that one has to thrive on the chaos of the world. Attempting to eliminate the risks and trying to live in a safe cocoon will just make one weak.

Just like the body is strengthened by subjecting it to stress in the form of physical activity, many things are strengthened by the opposition or resistance they encounter. The author points out that rumours and riots gather strength from attempts to quell them.

When people try to fit things into their preconceived notions of how they should be, they actually lower its resilience and dynamism and make it weaker. He says that the world is naturally chaotic and that idea should be embraced not avoided. Just like an overprotective mother might actually affect her children such that they may be unprepared for injuries and failures, entities like organizations and economic systems that try to eliminate risk will actually harm themselves.

Antifragile points out that all things such as individuals, society, businesses and economic systems, are all subject to the rule of the survival of the fittest. Accepting this idea, it says, will ensure that even if the individual fails, the whole system would survive.

To highlight this, the author compares the restaurant and the banking sectors. He says that while the restaurant industry is unaffected by the failure of individual businesses, the highly regulated banking sector is affected by the failure of individual banks.

The author also says that failure is part of the chaotic nature of the world, and that there is no dishonor in failure. The failure of individual entrepreneurs and scientists actually benefits the business or scientific community. They learn from the mistakes of others and become stronger.

About Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese American statistician and writer.

He is also the author of Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms, and The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb was born in Lebanon. He earned his Master’s degree in science from the University of Paris. He also has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He is a linguist, with command over several languages including English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian and Greek. He has taught at many universities like the Oxford University, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. His books focus on the ideas of randomness and uncertainty.

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Author Taleb, Nassim Nicholas
Book Details
Publisher Allen Lane
Imprint ALLEN LANE
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9781846141560
ISBN-10 1846141567
Language English
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Hardcover
Number of Pages 224 Pages
Dimensions
Width 6.50 inch
Height 1.38 inch
Weight 928 g
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how to gain from disorder

In our eternal endeavor to excel in everything, by ironing out each and every rough edge/s that occur in every day life, we unwittingly set up ourselves, our relationships, our workplace and businesses, to 'black swan' events. In other words, events that rarely show up but have intense and lasting consequences. And when they do, they affect us profoundly.

Taleb says this is an undesirable side effect of our post modern enlightenment, that is just not helping us, but rather, is actually going against us and harming us. How? By making us fragile, delicate and vulnerable to random events /...
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In our eternal endeavor to excel in everything, by ironing out each and every rough edge/s that occur in every day life, we unwittingly set up ourselves, our relationships, our workplace and businesses, to 'black swan' events. In other words, events that rarely show up but have intense and lasting consequences. And when they do, they affect us profoundly.

Taleb says this is an undesirable side effect of our post modern enlightenment, that is just not helping us, but rather, is actually going against us and harming us. How? By making us fragile, delicate and vulnerable to random events /...
In our eternal endeavor to excel in everything, by ironing out each and every rough edge/s that occur in every day life, we unwittingly set up ourselves, our relationships, our workplace and businesses, to 'black swan' events. In other words, events that rarely show up but have intense and lasting consequences. And when they do, they affect us profoundly.

Taleb says this is an undesirable side effect of our post modern enlightenment, that is just not helping us, but rather, is actually going against us and harming us. How? By making us fragile, delicate and vulnerable to random events / changes (that we cannot control). When that rare event happens......God save us. Think of Alen Greenspan and his adventures in the margin of error with the US economy?

In a book that inversed my thinking of everyday life, i learnt how to differentiate the FRAGILE and ROBUST from the ANTIFRAGILE. While the fragile vanishes quickly without a trace, the robust can take quite some beating and still stand for some time. it never benefits from the blows however. At best, it endures......

The antifragile are however, those that receive mild shocks / stressors, but however, gain from it. Over time, they not only survive but excel. Taleb brings out clearly how everything in nature is antifragile and in contrast, man made top down approaches are very fragile.

A good find for me personally, as it had lots of application value.

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BULLCRAP, AVOID IT AND SAVE YOUR TIME AND MONEY !

I had heard about black swan and only for that reason picked this one up expecting some insights. The author trashes scientific and technological research, academia, medicine, harvard university......almost everything. The author has come up with his own vocabulary which is a pain to go through. The writing is arrogant and derogatory of almost everything else humanity has achieved. The idea behind the book - antifragility - basically in simple language means that we can become stronger with small setbacks if we are not protected from them. Yes, it is a concept we all can associate with. But... ()

I had heard about black swan and only for that reason picked this one up expecting some insights. The author trashes scientific and technological research, academia, medicine, harvard university......almost everything. The author has come up with his own vocabulary which is a pain to go through. The writing is arrogant and derogatory of almost everything else humanity has achieved. The idea behind the book - antifragility - basically in simple language means that we can become stronger with small setbacks if we are not protected from them. Yes, it is a concept we all can associate with. But...
I had heard about black swan and only for that reason picked this one up expecting some insights. The author trashes scientific and technological research, academia, medicine, harvard university......almost everything. The author has come up with his own vocabulary which is a pain to go through. The writing is arrogant and derogatory of almost everything else humanity has achieved. The idea behind the book - antifragility - basically in simple language means that we can become stronger with small setbacks if we are not protected from them. Yes, it is a concept we all can associate with. But, the way this idea has been presented and the quality of writing in this book can only be treated as ramblings of a fool. The book is BULLCRAP. AVOID IT. IT DOES NOT EVEN DESERVE THE ONE STAR I HAD TO GIVE.

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A Stand on Philosophy.

Encourages a drastic shift of mental outlook which in consequence help inform one's actions. As modernity evolves out there so should our thinking process to adept it to the ever changing environs no matter however twisted the notions seem to be at first sight. The author has fulfilled the demand with his independent thinking adequately in this book.

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04 Feb 2013
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Great book

Out of all Talebs books i consider this a gem since it gives a different take on life.I recommend it to anyone who wants to be different. Hope you read it!!!

Disclaimer:I am a big fan of Taleb,so i 'am' biased.

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02 May 2013
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Nassim Taleb at his best!!

The book shows how Taleb is an intellectual superman. His aphorisms are the best of their kind. Amazing, worth every penny!!
All of Nassim's books are a must buy for those who wish to learn some "out of the text" stuff on current practical issues.

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