By the author of the modern classic 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.
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A profound, deeply stimulating intellectual meditation.
i’m not sure what type of fool attempts to review art; especially when they are no artist...
thus I am compelled to redirect the narrative;
but Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s words emanate and echo themselves. From fooled by randomness, to skin in the game, this work in particular may be my favorite of the compendium.
the bed of procrustes
I enjoyed the book but was greatly disappointed by the reader. He spoke too fast, did not enunciate properly, change voice levels and generally ruined what should have been a good read. I use my ipod while on the tread mill and generally enjoy Allen Watts, and other readers. Would not recommend buying the book.