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Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept ones own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life. As always both accessible and iconoclastic, Taleb challenges long-held beliefs about the values of those who spearhead military interventions, make financial investments, and propagate religious faiths. Among his insights: For social justice,focus on symmetry and risk sharing. You cannot make profits and...

Title : Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
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ISBN : 9780241300657
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Number of Pages : 272 pages
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Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life Reviews

  • Tim O'Hearn

    I read this book a few months ago and enjoyed it. Taleb is kind of dickish but he often succeeds in making me question whether I'm smart enough to grasp what he's saying. This brings a special level of excitement to reading any of his works. To me, they present a challenge. A crossword puzzle of intellect with some pseudo elements.

    The underlying concept in this book is evident from the title. It's an extrapolation of the principle-agent problem. Most of my notes from my original reading have bee

  • Satyajeet

    Cherry-picking meets ignorance of human nature meets naive interpretation of history meets erroneous assumptions.

    If you cherry-pick the data, you can make ANY ridiculous hypothesis sound convincing.

    Unlike those who complain about Taleb’s unresolved teenage angst, his thin-skinned hubris, or his lack of civility, I couldn’t care less about his crass remarks. My problem is with the ideas in this book, not its author, although I do question the intelligence of its author when his prose lapses into

  • Harsh Gupta

    Brilliant book. Many chapters of the book are available on medium, for example


    * Taleb is **not** meant to be read literally.

    * Read "Antifragile" or "Black Swan" before reading this to better appreciate the content, especially if Taleb's article on "Intellectual Yet Idiot" offends you Better get some "skin in the game" :D

  • Stephan

    “The mark of a charlatan is to defend his position or attack a critic by focusing on some specific statement (“ look at what he said”) rather than blasting his exact position (“ look at what he means” or, more broadly, “look at what he stands for”)— for the latter requires an extensive grasp of the proposed idea.”

    This quote from Mr. Taleb perfectly summarizes my problems with his book.

    The general theme of the book is that one should be wary of those making decisions who lack consequences of thos

  • Denis Vasilev

    Рациональность как выживание, связь действий с результатом. Есть хорошие дополнения к привычной картине рассмотрения религий с позиции их «рациональности». Как обычно идет мочилово неугодных автору академиков и наук.

  • Zahwil

    Few authors through their writing have the ability to make one really think; Taleb is one of the few who can and does.

    There are many ways to be critical about this book, and the criticisms would not be groundless.

    For one, Taleb expresses contempt for many present-day scholars such as Steven Pinker, Richard Thaler, and Thomas Picketty. One of the nicer expressions he coins for this group is IYI (Intellectual Yet Idiot).

    As is usually the case, an attack on another tends to reflect more on onese

  • Liviu

    The one non-fiction book everyone should take a look at as it puts in (very skilled) words what most people feel - today the smooth talkers have power without risk (unless they are caught at the outrage du jour) and they use it to enrich themselves with an "after us the deluge" motto; the "talk is cheap" cliche has never been exposed better than in this book and reading it, one may get angry or exhilarated (or both and more) but one will learn a lot from it

  • Hriday

    I waded into this book warily. NN Taleb was a personal favourite due to his ability to stand up to a large section of the establishment which does not practice what it preaches. Yet over the years his diatribes and jeers towards anyone who doesn’t agree with his world view was a bit jarring. Taleb is hailed by Manu Joseph ( Columnist at The Mint who wrote the amazing “Illicit happiness of other people”) among others.

    This book did not disappoint in terms of either, his acute insight or his acerbi