The Bed of Procrustes : Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms The Bed of Procrustes : Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
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The Bed of Procrustes : Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

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Publisher Description

By the author of the modern classis The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect.

The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects—modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery.

Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized.

With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.

GENRE
Business & Personal Finance
NARRATOR
SP
Sean Pratt
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
01:41
hr min
RELEASED
2010
14 December
PUBLISHER
Ascent Audio
SIZE
80
MB

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