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Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (2012)

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Series: Incerto (4)

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"The acclaimed author of the influential bestseller The Black Swan, Nicholas Nassim Taleb takes a next big step with a deceptively simple concept: the "antifragile." 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. Praise for Nicholas Nassim Taleb "[This] is the lesson of Taleb. and also the lesson of our volatile times. There is more courage and heroism in defying the human impulse, in taking the purposeful and painful steps to prepare for the unimaginable."--Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point "[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne."--The Wall Street Journal "The most prophetic voice of all. [Taleb is] a genuinely significant philosopher. someone who is able to change the way we view the structure of the world through the strength, originality and veracity of his ideas alone."--GQ "Changed my view of how the world works."--Daniel Kahneman, Nobel laureate"--"Examples of Antifragility: When you stress your body by lifting a big weight, your body gets stronger. New York has the best restaurants in the world because particular restaurants are always going bust, making the aggregate stronger and stronger, or antifragile. Evolution is antifragile. Certain business and investment strategies are antifragile. Older things tend to be more antifragile than newer ones - because they've been exposed to more Black Swans"--… (more)
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"The hottest thinker in the world". (Bryan Appleyard, "Sunday Times"). In "The Black Swan", Taleb showed us that highly improbable and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our world. Here Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary. The antifragile is beyond the resilient or robust. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better and better. 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 gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish. What's more, 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" is not efficient at all? Why should you write your resignation letter before starting on the job? How did the sinking of the Titanic save lives? "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. Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to problems of uncertainty, probability, and knowledge and has led three careers around this focus, as a businessman-trader, a philosophical essayist, and an academic researcher. Although he now spends most of his time working in intense seclusion in his study, in the manner of independent scholars, 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 books "Fooled by Randomness" and "The Black Swan" have been published in thirty-three languages. Taleb believes that prizes, honorary degrees, awards, and cer
  conflict | Aug 31, 2022 |
Ágætis kenning sem Taleb setur fram og útskýrir í þessari bók. Antifragile þýðir í raun að hagnast á hörmungum þar sem þú ert viðbúinn slæmum uppákomum og getur unnið úr þeim á hagkvæman máta. Taleb ver bókinni í að útskýra hugtakið aftur og aftur við mismunandi aðstæður í samfélaginu og efnahag. Dálítið þreytandi tugga er líður á lesturinn. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
Vor langer Zeit begann ich schon mal damit, das Buch in englischer Sprache zu lesen, nachdem ich vom schwarzen Schwan recht begeistert war. Allerdings stellte sich dies dann doch anspruchsvoller dar, als erwartet und so ließ ich die Aufgabe sausen, und das Wissen um die geplante Lektüre Buches segelte dank Nutzung der Kindle-Ausgabe völlig unproblematisch ins digitale Nirwana....
Vor kurzem erinnerte ich mich daran, dass "Antifragile" zwischenzeitlich auch auf deutscher Sprache vorhanden sein müsste und erwarb ein Exemplar, um es letztlich doch komplett zu lesen. Das ging auf Deutsch wesentlich leichter und zudem recht kurzweilig.
Kernaussage des Buches ist, dass manche Dinge davon profitieren, dass sie zufälligen, ungeplanten Schocks ausgesetzt werden. Da unsere Welt und damit unser Leben massiv von unvorhersagbaren Ereignissen beeinflusst werden (das ist quasi der Inhalt des "Schwarzen Schwans"), sollten wir darauf achten, unsere Umwelt und Systeme so zu gestalten, dass sie davon profitieren, wenn nicht alles nach Plan läuft.
Klingt einleuchtend und überzeugend und so lesen sich die knapp 700 Seiten gut weg. Was mich mit fortschreitender Lesedauer jedoch etwas irritierte, war der flapsige Ton des Autors: Ein bißchen weniger Singsang des Hohelieds der eigenen Fähigkeiten und nicht ganz so viele fiktiven Fat Tony-Anekdoten hätten dem Buch in meinen Augen keinen Abbruch getan. ( )
  iffland | Mar 19, 2022 |
He has some legitimately interesting ideas, I highlighted plenty of paragraphs, but he also comes off like an arrogant asshole. It was hard to make it through his writing style, which has dissuaded me from reading any of his other books. ( )
  simonking | Mar 3, 2022 |
first taleb book i read, fascinating stuff. lots of nuggets of interesting/useful knowledge, "chapters" are short af for adhd minds but it gets a bit abstract at times. taleb seems like a pretty funny guy
  rottweilersmile | Feb 28, 2022 |
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Sometimes Nassim Nicholas Taleb is led astray by his contrarianism, but then that is his point: If you don't take risks, you don't get results. This is a bold, entertaining, clever book, richly crammed with insights, stories, fine phrases and intriguing asides. Does it achieve its goal, or does it cram and twist the world on to a Procrustean bed of one theory, thereby somewhat contradicting its own empirical and pragmatic outlook? I am not sure. I will have to read it again. And again.
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"The acclaimed author of the influential bestseller The Black Swan, Nicholas Nassim Taleb takes a next big step with a deceptively simple concept: the "antifragile." 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. Praise for Nicholas Nassim Taleb "[This] is the lesson of Taleb. and also the lesson of our volatile times. There is more courage and heroism in defying the human impulse, in taking the purposeful and painful steps to prepare for the unimaginable."--Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point "[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne."--The Wall Street Journal "The most prophetic voice of all. [Taleb is] a genuinely significant philosopher. someone who is able to change the way we view the structure of the world through the strength, originality and veracity of his ideas alone."--GQ "Changed my view of how the world works."--Daniel Kahneman, Nobel laureate"--"Examples of Antifragility: When you stress your body by lifting a big weight, your body gets stronger. New York has the best restaurants in the world because particular restaurants are always going bust, making the aggregate stronger and stronger, or antifragile. Evolution is antifragile. Certain business and investment strategies are antifragile. Older things tend to be more antifragile than newer ones - because they've been exposed to more Black Swans"--

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