- Series: Incerto (Book 4)
- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st Edition edition (November 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400069971
- ISBN-13: 978-1400069972
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 214 customer reviews
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“The most prophetic voice of all.” —GQ
“The hottest thinker in the world.” —Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times (London)
“[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Idiosyncratically brilliant.” —Niall Ferguson, Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to problems of uncertainty, probability, and knowledge. He spent nearly two decades as a businessman and quantitative trader before becoming a full-time philosophical essayist and academic researcher in 2006. Although he spends most of his time in the intense seclusion of his study, or as a flâneur meditating in cafés, 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.
Taleb’s books have been published in thirty-three languages.
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This is short book, easy to read, and even when you disagree with Taleb, he is humorous enough not to lose you. Indeed, I find his aphoristic writing to be easier to read stylistically than his more journalistic and extended think piece works. In many senses, these aphorisms prove that Taleb is a practical philosopher, but not necessarily a precise or consistent one. Yet the theme of the need of epistemic humility and the robustness of moral and aesthetic visions versus knowledge claims dominate the value.
Procrustes for those who don't yet know was an ancient who only had one bed so he adjusted all of his visitors size to fit it.
A sample: "Procrastination is the soul rebelling against entrapment."
If you like maxims or aphorisms read this book.