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Skin in the game : hidden asymmetries in daily life

Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The phrase "skin in the game" is one we have often heard but have rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it's also an astonishingly complex worldview that applies to all aspects of our lives. Nassim Nicholas Taleb pulls on everything from Antaeus the Giant to Hammurabi to Donald Trump to Seneca to the ethics of disagreement to create a tapestry for understanding our world in a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
ISBN: 9780425284629 042528462X 9780525511076 0525511075
OCLC Number: 1008773916
Description: xv, 279 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction. The less obvious aspects of skin in the game --
Antaeus whacked ;A brief tour of symmetry ; The ribs of the incerto --
A first look at agency. Why each one should eat his own turtles: equality in uncertainty --
That greatest asymmetry. The most intolerant wins: the dominance of the stubborn minority --
Wolves among dogs. How to legally own another person ; The skin of others in your game --
Being alive means taking certain risks. Life in the simulation machine ; The intellectual yet idiot ; Inequality and skin in the game ; An expert called Lindy --
Deeper into agency. Surgeons should not look like surgeons ; Only the rich are poisoned: the preference of others ; Facta non Verba (Deeds before words) ; The facts are true, the news is fake ; The merchandising of virtue ; Peace, neither ink nor blood --
Religion, belief, and skin in the game. They don't know what they are talking about when they talk about religion ; No worship without skin in the game ; Is the Pope Atheist? --
Risk and rationality. How to be rational about rationality ; The logic of risk taking --
Epilogue: What Lindy told me.
Responsibility: Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

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The phrase "skin in the game" is one we have often heard but have rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it's also an astonishingly complex worldview that applies to all aspects of our lives. Nassim Nicholas Taleb pulls on everything from Antaeus the Giant to Hammurabi to Donald Trump to Seneca to the ethics of disagreement to create a tapestry for understanding our world in a brand new way. Among his insights: For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing -- Ethical rules aren't universal -- Minorities, not majorities, run the world -- You can be an intellectual yet still be an idiot -- Beware of complicated solutions (that someone was paid to find) -- True religion is commitment, not just faith.

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