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Who Is Nassim Taleb? Antifragile Thinking for a Fat-Tailed World

February 20, 2018

Nassim Taleb is the original, idiosyncratic mind behind Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and Antifragile, a bestselling series of books on the nature of complexity, randomness, and a world where rare events dominate the landscape. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, born in Lebanon, started his career as a derivatives trader on Wall Street. Yet he publicly […]

Nassim Taleb: How to Not be a Sucker From the Past

May 11, 2015

The fact that new information exists about the past in general means that we have an incomplete roadmap about history. There is a necessary fallibility … if you will. In The Black Swan, Nassim Taleb writes: History is useful for the thrill of knowing the past, and for the narrative (indeed), provided it remains a […]

Nassim Taleb: A Definition of Antifragile and its Implications

April 07, 2014

While a lot of people casually use the word, not many people have read: Antifragile, where Nassim Taleb defines it for us. Just as being clear on what constitutes a black swan allows us to better discuss the subject, so too will defining antifragility. The classic example of something antifragile is Hydra, the Greek mythological […]

Nassim Taleb on the Notion of Alternative Histories

March 12, 2014

We see what’s visible and available. Often this is nothing more than randomness and yet we wrap a narrative around it. The trader who is rich must know what he is doing. A good outcome means we made the right decisions, right? Not so quick. If we were wise we would not judge the quality […]

The Bed of Procrustes — 20 Aphorisms from Nassim Taleb

September 18, 2013

The Bed of Procrustes, the title of Nassim Taleb‘s book of aphorisms, takes its title from Greek Mythology. Procrustes (“the stretcher”) owned a small estate along the sacred way between Athens and Eleusis. He invited every passer-by to spend the night in his iron bed. No one ever fit the bed exactly (because he had […]

34 Insights From Nassim Taleb

August 09, 2013

Nassim Taleb, the author of The Black Swan and Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder with 34 insights from his facebook account: The artificial gives us hangovers, the natural inverse-hangovers. The only problem with the last laugh is that the winner has to laugh alone. Intelligence without imagination: a deadly combination. There is no more […]