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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 1 minute
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: January 10, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0012IZFRW
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Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets Audiobook – Unabridged
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1. It is aggressive. At least, I think aggressive is the right word. Taleb tells his opinion very raw and in doing so he doesn't mind potentially offending a lot of people.
2. It is potentially thought-provoking. At least, I felt it was thought-provoking. Some people found it simplistic or not missing substance, but they did have a fairly strong reaction to it.
3. It is fluffy. The book consists of lots of stories, histories and opinions. There is no attempt to make it short, it is a bit like the author just talking a good glass of wine.
What is this aggressive, thought-provoking, fluffy book about? There is a lot of randomness in the world and humans have incredible difficulty distinguishing the non-randomness (signal) from the randomness (noise). This is human nature as we always want to causally link events. Next to that, our brain plays tricks on us by the way it is working. Nicolas Taleb tries to point out the randomness in the world and then shows how it fooled us.
This is the first book in a series of four. I had actually read "The Black Swan" before this (which is the second book). There is quite a lot of similarities (duplication if I might say so) between the two books. Yet, I still enjoyed Fooled by Randomness and it caused me to reflect on a lot of things. One example, Taleb showed how more frequent feedback can be harmful when randomness is involved because negative and positive feedback are emotionally different. Interesting.
I liked the authors (arrogant) writing style and didn't mind the many side-tracks. I learned from the many small stories and histories. I'd recommend it for people who are interested in, well, just something to think about in life. Four stars.
We act as if random catastrophic events WILL NOT HAPPEN. Reading this book will not prevent these types of events, but your thinking may be altered to include the possibility of this random events when you are making choices.
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Reading this book will make me read his others.