Antifragile // Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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A very hit-or-miss book. Written rather pompously, but introduces a novel way to think about economics, health, education, governments, business and day-to-day life. A dense, but incredibly rewarding read.


In 3 sentences:

Antifragile is a step above resilient – resilient things are unharmed by stress, but antifragile things improve under stress, and are harmed by a lack of stressors.

Several systems, including the human body, actually benefit from external stress (up to a point).

In systems with a hierarchy/fractal structure, fragility of the units leads to antifragility of the system.


Read it if:

You’re yearning for a fresh idea that will change the way you look at most things, including yourself.

You like to read about ideas applied to many different contexts and situations.

You’re happy to constantly look up words while reading.

You’re willing to power through difficult literature for a new perspective on things.


Skip it if:

You like very structured books with a clear beginning and end, and as little repetition as possible.

You prefer to receive ideas in a simple, straightforward, easy to understand way.

An egotistical, self-congratulatory tone of writing will probably deter you from the message of the book.


Goodreads rating: 4.05 / 5

Length: 521 pages

Buy the book: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)


If you enjoyed this, check out:

Fooled by Randomness – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

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