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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Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life Reviews
Love this book. Much smaller in number of words than his others, but equally dense if not more so with ideas. It’s a great compliment to the rest of his books and ties his ideas together well.
I’ve heard a lot of otherwise smart people criticize Taleb as trying to sound smart without saying anything new or special, but I can’t disagree more.
If I had to distill everything Taleb into one idea, I would focus on the last few sentences of this latest book, which I will summarize in my own memory of ...more
Taleb’s ‘Skin in the Game’ has been put together in a somewhat disorderly way, but the reasoning goes as follows:
1. The world in which we live is complex and eludes our sense-making faculties.
2. Our society has cultivated a privileged class of Intellectuals Yet Idiots (IYIs). These people monopolize positions of authority and routinely take decisions to intervene in that complex world, without however doing the effort to think through the cascading impacts of these decisions and being convenient ...more
I’m improperly awed and professionally depressed by this guy. While I’ve been in love with the concept of asymmetry since, like, forever, he puts on it such an excruciating spin that… a lot of professions suddenly attain the unmistakable bullshit (or maybe swanshit!) flavor.
Anyway, this book lost a bit of its charm due to aggressive and seemingly random things aggregated together. I'm sure it's another case of 'it's not you, it's me', still, I felt the previous volumes were better grounded and m ...more
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
Hey, another one who doesn't give a fuck.
NNT is a bit of a diva, and it is obvious that he has some beef with a lot of people. He certainly sounds right. But is he? I don't know.
The book revolves around the notion that people not having skin in the game will fuck us up, somehow. Turns out that the idea of skin in the game can be applied to a wide variety of fields and professions. Especially the ones Taleb doesn't like, like academics, policy makers, journalists. Oh, and rationality as you kno ...more
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 ...more
Taleb should know by now that, according to Lindy effect, he should respect the canonical writing style and analysis schemes he tries to avoid.
Less new ideas and more off-topic resentful digression. His message keeps being interesting. However, Jordan B. Peterson has been able to distil it in a more productive way for humanity (and not only for contrarian elitists).
In this book #4, Taleb is more arrogant and pretentious than ever. You can never let go of the feeling that this book is about him, rather than any other topic. He's become profoundly obnoxious and negative. Despite some good points in the book, reading it feels like carrying a burden.
In this new book Taleb goes to extra lengths to attack David Runciman, head of the politics department at Cambridge, and a Guardian book reviewer who had torn apart his previous "Antifragile" book. Runciman's crit ...more