Mr. Taleb did a nice job sharing a fallacy that exists across society, sectors, fields of study, and simply human nature. I really enjoyed his analysis and attempt to make it practical knowledge. I feel in some areas he achieved this fact, but in others I had a hard time aligning how I would personally apply the barbell concept to my investment strategies, professional life, insurance (as I was reading it I was of the mind that I should cancel certain insurance policies except for an umbrella policy .. then I wondered if Nassim had done the same, unclear). I DID find the diet, incremental fasting, exercise, and self study aspects very inline with my own personal study and habit.
One area I wish he had highlighted was – WHICH ancients should be read, and which text / translation / work. I personally read many of those he quoted (Seneca, etc..), but a few others he implied and referenced without specifics. I appreciate a random walk through literature and finding value personally in each reach, but sometimes a bit of directed randomness down the vast halls of literature is warranted.
I would definitely recommend the book, for everyone. Though I imagine those in certain charlatan professions would take offense, and teachers would likely not recognize his points between the rants. Yes, Nassim rants … best way to put it. Some areas he goes on a tear and you just have to push through .. it becomes clear how it is all woven together.
Bottom line – read it.