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Anti-fragile : how to live in a world we don't understand

Author: Nassim Taleb
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2012.
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"The acclaimed author of the influential bestseller The Black Swan, Nicholas Nassim Taleb takes a next big step with a deceptively simple concept: the "antifragile." Like the Greek hydra that grows two heads for each one it loses, people, systems, and institutions that are antifragile not only withstand shocks, they benefit from them. In a modern world dominated by chaos and uncertainty, Antifragile is a  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nassim Taleb
ISBN: 9781846141560 1846141567 9780718197902 0718197909 9781846141577 1846141575
OCLC Number: 794136968
Description: 1 volume ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: BOOK I ANTIFRAGILE: AN INTRODUCTION --
ch. 1 Between Damocles and Hydra --
Half of Life Has No Name --
Please Behead Me --
On the Necessity of Naming --
Proto-Antifragility --
Domain Independence Is Domain Dependent --
ch. 2 Overcompensation and Overreaction Everywhere --
How to Win a Horse Race --
Antifragile Responses as Redundancy --
On the Antifragility of Riots, Love, and Other Unexpected Beneficiaries of Stress --
Please Ban My Book: The Antifragility of Information --
Get Another Job --
ch. 3 Cat and the Washing Machine --
Complex --
Stressors Are Information --
Equilibrium, Not Again --
Crimes Against Children --
Punished by Translation --
Touristification --
Secret Thirst for Chance --
ch. 4 What Kills Me Makes Others Stronger --
Antifragility by Layers --
Evolution and Unpredictability --
Organisms Are Populations and Populations Are Organisms --
^ Thank You, Errors --
Learning from the Mistakes of Others --
How to Become Mother Teresa --
Why the Aggregate Hates the Individual --
What Does Not Kill Me Kills Others --
Me and Us --
National Entrepreneur Day --
ch. 5 Souk and the Office Building --
Two Types of Professions --
Lenin in Zurich --
Bottom-up Variations --
Away from Extremistan --
Great Turkey Problem --
Twelve Thousand Years --
War, Prison, or Both --
Pax Romana --
War or No War --
ch. 6 Tell Them I Love (Some) Randomness --
Hungry Donkeys --
Political Annealing --
That Time Bomb Called Stability --
Second Step: Do (Small) Wars Save Lives? --
What to Tell the Foreign Policy Makers --
What Do We Call Here Modernity? --
ch. 7 Naive Intervention --
Intervention and Iatrogenics --
First, Do No Harm --
Opposite of Iatrogenics --
Iatrogenics in High Places --
^ Can a Whale Fly Like an Eagle? --
Not Doing Nothing Note continued: Non-Naive Interventionism --
In Praise of Procrastination --
the Fabian Kind --
Neuroticism in Industrial Proportions --
Legal Way to Kill People --
Media-Driven Neuroticism --
State Can Help --
When Incompetent --
France Is Messier than You Think --
Sweden and the Large State --
Catalyst-as-Cause Confusion --
ch. 8 Prediction as a Child of Modernity --
Ms. Bre Has Competitors --
Predictive --
Plus or Minus Bad Teeth --
Idea of Becoming a Non-Turkey --
No More Black Swans --
ch. 9 Fat Tony and the Fragilistas --
Indolent Fellow Travelers --
Importance of Lunch --
Antifragility of Libraries --
On Suckers and Nonsuckers --
Loneliness --
What the Nonpredictor Can Predict --
ch. 10 Seneca's Upside and Downside --
Is This Really Serious? --
Less Downside from Life --
Stoicism's Emotional Robustification --
^ Domestication of Emotions --
How to Become the Master --
Foundational Asymmetry --
ch. 11 Never Marry the Rock Star --
On the Irreversibility of Broken Packages --
Seneca's Barbell --
Accountant and the Rock Star --
Away from the Golden Middle --
Domestication of Uncertainty --
Do You Really Know Where You Are Going? --
Teleological Fallacy --
America's Principal Asset --
ch. 12 Thales' Sweet Grapes --
Option and Asymmetry --
Options of Sweet Grapes --
Saturday Evening in London --
Your Rent --
Asymmetry --
Things That Like Dispersion --
Thalesian and the Aristotelian --
How to Be Stupid --
Nature and Options --
Rationality --
Life Is Long Gamma --
Roman Politics Likes Optionality --
Next --
ch. 13 Lecturing Birds on How to Fly --
Once More, Less Is More --
Mind the Gaps --
^ Search and How Errors Can Be Investments --
Creative and Uncreative Destructions Note continued: Soviet-Harvard Department of Ornithology --
Epiphenomena --
Greed as a Cause --
Debunking Epiphenomena --
Cherry-picking (or the Fallacy of Confirmation) --
ch. 14 When Two Things Are Not the "Same Thing" --
Where Are the Stressors? --
L'Art pour l'Art, to Learn for Learning's Sake --
Polished Dinner Partners --
Green Lumber Fallacy --
How Fat Tony Got Rich (and Fat) --
Conflation --
Prometheus and Epimetheus --
ch. 15 History Written by the Losers --
Evidence Staring at Us --
Is It Like Cooking? --
Industrial Revolution --
Governments Should Spend on Nonteleological Tinkering, Not Research --
Case in Medicine --
Matt Ridley's Anti-Teleological Argument --
Corporate Teleology --
Inverse Turkey Problem --
To Fail Seven Times, Plus or Minus Two --
Charlatan, the Academic, and the Showman --
ch. 16 Lesson in Disorder --
Ecological and the Ludic --
^ Touristification of the Soccer Mom --
Antifragile (Barbell) Education --
ch. 17 Fat Tony Debates Socrates --
Euthyphro --
Fat Tony Versus Socrates --
Primacy of Definitional Knowledge --
Mistaking the Unintelligible for the Unintelligent --
Tradition --
Sucker-Nonsucker Distinction --
Fragility, Not Probability --
Conflation of Events and Exposure --
Conclusion to Book IV --
What Will Happen Next? --
On the Importance of Attics --
ch. 18 On the Difference Between a Large Stone and a Thousand Pebbles --
Simple Rule to Detect the Fragile --
Why Is Fragility Nonlinear? --
When to Smile and When to Frown --
Why Is the Concave Hurt by Black Swan Events? --
Traffic in New York --
Someone Call New York City Officials --
Where More Is Different --
"Balanced Meal" --
Run, Don't Walk --
Small May Be Ugly, It Is Certainly Less Fragile --
How to Be Squeezed --
^ Kerviel and Micro-Kerviel --
How to Exit a Movie Theater --
Projects and Prediction Note continued: Why Planes Don't Arrive Early --
Wars, Deficits, and Deficits --
Where the "Efficient" Is Not Efficient --
Pollution and Harm to the Planet --
Nonlinearity of Wealth --
Conclusion --
ch. 19 Philosopher's Stone and Its Inverse --
How to Detect Who Will Go Bust --
Idea of Positive and Negative Model Error --
How to Lose a Grandmother --
Now the Philosopher's Stone --
How to Transform Gold into Mud: The Inverse Philosopher's Stone --
Where Is the Charlatan? --
Subtractive Knowledge --
Barbells, Again --
Less Is More --
ch. 20 Time and Fragility --
From Simonides to Jensen --
Learning to Subtract --
Technology at Its Best --
To Age in Reverse: The Lindy Effect --
Few Mental Biases --
Neomania and Treadmill Effects --
Architecture and the Irreversible Neomania --
Wall to Wall Windows --
Metrification --
Turning Science into Journalism --
^ What Should Break --
Prophets and the Present --
Empedocles' Dog --
What Does Not Make Sense --
ch. 21 Medicine, Convexity, and Opacity --
How to Argue in an Emergency Room --
First Principle of Iatrogenics (Empiricism) --
Second Principle of Iatrogenics (Nonlinearity in Response) --
Jensen's Inequality in Medicine --
Burying the Evidence --
Never-ending History of Turkey Situations --
Nature's Opaque Logic --
Guilty or Innocent --
Plead Ignorance of Biology: Phenomenology --
Ancients Were More Caustic --
How to Medicate Half the Population --
"Rigor of Mathematics" in Medicine --
Next --
ch. 22 To Live Long, but Not Too Long --
Life Expectancy and Convexity --
Subtraction Adds to Your Life --
Iatrogenics of Money --
Religion and Naive Interventionism --
If It's Wednesday, I Must Be Vegan --
Convexity Effects and Random Nutrition --
How to Eat Yourself --
Walk-Deprived --
^ I Want to Live Forever --
BOOK VII ETHICS OF FRAGILITY AND ANTIFRAGILITY Note continued: ch. 23 Skin in the Game: Antifragility and Optionality at the Expense of Others --
Hammurabi --
Talker's Free Option --
Postdicting --
Stiglitz Syndrome --
Problem of Frequency, or How to Lose Arguments --
Right Decision for the Wrong Reason --
Ancients and the Stiglitz Syndrome --
To Burn One's Vessels --
How Poetry Can Kill You --
Problem of Insulation --
Champagne Socialism --
Soul in the Game --
Options, Antifragility, and Social Fairness --
Robert Rubin Free Option --
Which Adam Smith? --
Antifragility and Ethics of (Large) Corporations --
Artisans, Marketing, and the Cheapest to Deliver --
Lawrence of Arabia or Meyer Lansky --
Next --
ch. 24 Fitting Ethics to a Profession --
Wealth Without Independence --
Professionals and the Collective --
Ethical and the Legal --
Casuistry as Optionality --
Big Data and the Researcher's Option --
Tyranny of the Collective --
ch. 25 Conclusion.
Responsibility: Nassim Nicholas Taleb.


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