Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014 - 519 páginas
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.
Furthermore, 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 Times
From the Hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewComentário do usuário - patl - www.librarything.com
Difficult to review this one. The thesis is great, and stories are as well - but there's a lot of condescension and braggadocio to wade through. This is one that may not translate well to audiobook. Ler resenha completa
LibraryThing ReviewComentário do usuário - jrissman - www.librarything.com
Overlooking some of the critical reviews of Taleb's writing style, I decided to read "Antifragile" in hopes of learning ground-breaking and fascinating ideas. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Taleb ... Ler resenha completa
The Triad or A Map of the World and Things
THE ANTIFRAGILE AN INTRODUCTION
Overcompensation and Overreaction Everywhere
Chapter3 The Cat and the Washing Machine
What Kills Me Makes Others Stronger
MODERNITY AND THE DENIAL OF ANTIFRAGILITY
Tell Them I Love Some Randomness
Fat Tony Debates Socrates
THE NONLINEAR AND THE NONLINEAR
The Philosophers Stone and Its Inverse
Time and Fragility
Medicine Convexity and Opacity
To Live Long but Not Too Long
THE ETHICs or FRAGILITY AND ANTIFRAGILITY
Prediction as a Child of Modernity
A NONPREDICTIVE WIEW OF THE WORLD
Senecas Upside and Downside
Never Marry the RockStar 1 59
OPTIONALITY TECHNOLOGY AND
Lecturing Birds on How to Fly
When Two Things Are Not the Same Thing
History Written by the Losers
A Lesson in Disorder