In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish.
Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner. The antifragile is immune to prediction errors. Why is the city-state better than the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is everything that is both modern and complicated bound to fail? The audiobook spans innovation by trial and error, health, biology, medicine, life decisions, politics, foreign policy, urban planning, war, personal finance, and economic systems. And throughout, in addition to the street wisdom of Fat Tony of Brooklyn, the voices and recipes of ancient wisdom, from Roman, Greek, Semitic, and medieval sources, are heard loud and clear.
Extremely ambitious and multidisciplinary, Antifragile provides a blueprint for how to behave - and thrive - in a world we don't understand, and which is too uncertain for us to even try to understand and predict. Erudite and witty, Taleb’s message is revolutionary: What is not antifragile will surely perish.
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Von Stephan Am hilfreichsten 07.07.2013
How to survive black swan events
The definition and examples of antifragile fit well to the thinking of engineers. Don't try to avoid black swans instead build things that even gain from black swan events.
Very impressive and easy to follow examples.
Like the author Nassim Taleb, I suggest to read this book before the black swan series.
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Von Leonhard Am hilfreichsten 07.05.2016
Antifragility of systems - certainly a concept which will become more popular soon.
Taleb at his best!
One of the most skeptical and most thought provoking thinkers of our time. I like the part about finding heuristics for detecting fragility (concave) of systems. The importance of non-linearities in our world are perhaps highly underestimated.
Black Swan was the first book I read. Then came Antifragile. Now one of his first pieces (Fooled by randomness). All three are must reads. Enjoy getting wiser/more skeptical ;-)
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