Taleb – Antifragile – READ IT!

I highly recommend reading Nassim Taleb’s book “Antifragile – Things that Gain from Disorder”.

Taleb explores the notion of “antifragility”, something that is the opposite of “fragile”. One such example is exercise: people build muscles by stressing them with hard labour. This is different from the concept of “robustness”, which is an indifference to stressors, and a notion that people often consider, falsely, to be the opposite of “fragile”.

Taleb often talks about “convexity” and “concavity”, which is a second-order effect relating to how something responds non-linearly to small changes in inputs or assumptions.

It’s a very thought-provoking book.

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1 Response to Taleb – Antifragile – READ IT!

  1. MrContrarian says:

    It’s a brilliant concept. On a personal level it helps me to see market falls and individual share disasters as healthy. Overconfidence about our skill and ability to forecast the future is the default state for humans. so the stings of losses are beneficial in the long run.
    I recommend Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman as well.

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