The bed of Procrustes

philosophical and practical aphorisms
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Book - 2010

By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses Taleb's view of modern civilization's hubristic side effects--modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery.

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Main Author: Taleb, Nassim Nicholas, 1960-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Random House, c2010.
Edition:1st ed.
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505 0 |a Procrustes -- Preludes -- Counter narratives -- Matters ontological -- The sacred and the profane -- Chance, success, happiness, and stoicism -- Charming and less charming sucker problems -- Theseus, or, living the Paleo life -- The republic of letters -- The universal and the particular -- Fooled by randomness -- Aesthetics -- Ethics -- Robustness and fragility -- The ludic fallacy and domain dependence -- Epistemology and subtractive knowledge -- The scandal of prediction -- Being a philosopher and managing to remain one -- Economic life and other very vulgar subjects -- The sage, the weak, and the magnificent -- The implicit and the explicit -- On the varieties of love and nonlove -- The end -- Postface. 
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