Book Reviews, Reviews

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb


I finished this book almost a week ago, and I’m still trying to decide what I
thought of it. I had the realization this morning that my experience with this
book is very similar to my experience with The Four Hour Workweek.

I wanted to be convinced by this book, but I just wasn’t. There are times when Taleb’s case seems very compelling, but there are also plenty of times when he comes off as a charlatan. When trying to explain the book to other people, I found myself using the same anecdote: the author discusses how finely tuned his bullshit detector is several times in the book, and then implores the readers to use thiers. That’s great advice. The problem is mine went off many times while reading this book. Put another way,

“Trust no one.”

“Not even you?”

“Especially not me.”

I want to believe

Ultimately, even though the argument is flawed, I think that the idea of antifragility has merit. What’s more important about the book is not how the author applies this idea himself, but that you think about how to apply it in your own life. However, you absolutely must use critical thinking in order to decide when it is appropriate.


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