Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events-no matter what the experts think-are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world. "[Taleb] administers a severe thrashing to MBA- and Nobel Prize-credentialed experts who make their living from economic forecasting."-Booklist
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After reading an article written by Malcom Gladwell, I was intrigued with Nassim Taleb. I bought The Black Swan and have listened to it five times. Each time I hear something new that I missed the first, second or fourth time. You won't be dissappointed!
Great, humble, thinking.
One caveat, he had me when he called for selected Nobel Prize clawbacks. That said, I think this book is fantastic.
Philosophical Critique Made Powerfully Relevant
For anyone with a background in philosophy and critical thinking, the author Taleb shows in this book how to take these disciplines out of the academic ghetto and into a powerfully relevant application to contemporary nonsense in economics and business. It’s also worth noting how Taleb’s book has revived interest in the classical thought of Stoicism, i.e., the philosophy formulated by the Romans Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and others, combining prior Greek wisdom with an emphasis upon the sort of attitude required to stand and act within an unpredictable environment.