Book Review: Nassim Taleb – AntiFragile

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.

Best,
James

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About J.D.

Passionate about CrossFit, mindset, bettering each other, technology, and the intersection of cybersecurity with products. The online views and posts represent my journey of discovery and learning.
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