Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 14 minutes|
|Author||Nassim Nicholas Taleb|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 27 2012|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #624 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The concept of Fragility and Anti-Fragility is presented excellently here. I had never really considered how they exist in our every day lives but now see that far more clearly. It is in a contemplative state, while reading this book, that caused me to evaluate a lot of what Taleb has presented and even try to understand how he comes about with his statements and conclusions. This is the reason for the long reading time. At the end of the book Taleb offers technical overviews to his ideas and references to look into to follow-up on the ideas. Unfortunately, I am not technical enough to be able to fully comprehend the calculations he shows but I do have a desire to do so and may use this inspiration to further my understanding of Statistics so I can follow-up.
What I took away from this book is that in life you need to make yourself Antifragile. To do so you must prepare for volatility by not being so fixated on a current state of expectation that you may be in. If you are someone who works a regular job and live your life around the income derived from that job, specifically counting on it to keep you and perhaps your family going, then when volatility comes (i.e. you get laid off or fired or suddenly are unable to work) you find yourself fragile if you have not set yourself up to survive the period of volatility. Thanks to this book I have been able to inwardly realize areas of fragility in my own life and use some of the concepts I learned of from Antifragility to try and change that state.
I give this, as I so far have all of Taleb's works, 5 plus stars. Taleb is a person to listen to and learn from. Do yourself a favor and check out any of the Incerto books.
Boileau once said : "Ce que l'on conçoit bien s'énonce clairement et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisément". Since the author used all kinds of languages in his book, this sentence should not be difficult to understand.
I'm sure the guy is smart and well researched but he seems to personify the word "pompous" perfectly. Ironically much of what he says in this book he recently went against in real life and his credibly went in the crapper with hubris being his undoing.
The material content of the book is exceptional. To quote a line from the concluding chapter, "everything gains or loses from volatility". Something that losses from volatility is fragile. Anything that gains from volatility is antifragile. That is the basic idea, on which the book is based. Taleb then backs up his thoughts, with all sorts of historic and scientific examples. There is no set pattern to Taleb`s data. The reader can expect to figuratively speaking, be thrown in all directions.
One can look forward to an entertaining read, despite Taleb`s swagger. This book receives a very high recommendation.
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I tried to read it and stick with it - I genuinely did. But Taleb literally was repeating the same thing over and over again to the point I thought that there had been an error in printing. The author's disdain towards other academics and scholars using terms like the "Soviet-Harvard illusion" was quite off-putting and his use of "big-words-for-big-words-sake" really started to chafe.
Honestly, I think that the ideas presented in the book are fantastic and worthy of praise but his tone, hubris and diatribes against others made the book unreadable.
I've put it down and I won't pick it up again. What a shame.
In the current book he discusses the concept of anti-fragility, i.e. a feature of systems that benefit, rather than get harmed by unpredictability. There are lots of good points made and I certainly buy into the concept. We do tend to be fooled by randomness (pun intended) and do tend to discount rare events - much to our detriment.
Where the success of the book will depend on the disposition of the reader much more, is it's typically Taleb style. He is confrontational and that to an extent where quite some readers may be put off. While this does not bother me generally, I find that he actually belabored the point somewhat too much and that the book would definitely benefit from an abridgement to something like 300 pages. While I did not find any part of the book completely replaceable, the point does get a bit too repetitive after a while.
If you want to get much of the content in a less confrontational, and slimmer volume, I recommend you try A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits Of Disorder first. If, however you have enjoyed his previous work, do go for it by all means - he is much the same (perhaps even a tad more extreme) as always and the content is certainly worthwhile.