IS: A place to discuss how to not be a sucker in our own lives
ISN’T: A place where you will find pontifications from an expert, or the correct meaning of any of subject matters and topics covered in or inspired by the book Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb or any other of his works, or book reviews and critiques of his work.
“Yeah, I knew that in my gut, I’ve never trusted (data, economists, academics, etc…) and Mr. Taleb just found a way to put into eloquent words what I already knew, aren’t I a smart guy.”
“Oh shit, that’s me, the non-flattering guy in Mr. Taleb’s anecdote, I really value (being “right”, winning arguments, neomania, thinking poorly of religious rituals, etc…) and wow, I have been a sucker more often than I like to acknowledge.”
What an experience it was to read books that were simultaneously so affirming and so jarring.
I hope to bring up topics that had a particular impact on me (and maybe you too). Also, areas where I am not so sure that I grasp what the full implications are to an actual person’s life. And, especially, topics where I mostly agree with Mr. Taleb but not quite – for instance, while I walk a great deal, and hate gyms, I have an exercise machine in my basement that has seemingly done wonders for me.
Over time I hope to start discussions about topics related to Mr. Taleb’s work, such as the 80/20 principle and the book of that name, philosophers, and various people that actually do things.
If any of this seems interesting to you, I look forward to your return.