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The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Black Swan

The Impact of the Highly Improbable

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


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Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events—no matter what the experts think—are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.


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The Black Swan - A definitve and scholarly anti-scholar's sarcastic and ironic guide.
Reviewer Goldpen
 November 08, 2018
This is Nassim Taleb's history and definitive work on Black Swan events. It is filled with rebellion and barely veiled anger of a privileged Greco-Syrian who develops an obssession with identifying black swan events at Wharton. He is unsympathetic to those who teach anything with numbers. Adopting a visceral philosophy of using them to protect his financial welfare successfully. His antisocial euphemisms must have scared the hell out of his coworkers. It is filled with cutting wit that may give one whiplash. His comical anomalies spiced with the profane and the ascerbic. Professor Taleb has a snarky view of the world of western capitalism. He still demonstrates by narrative that "Knowledge is king." while proclaiming himself an anti-intellectual.
It is an interesting reading and great comedic narrative. However, one can disagree with his theory. Many may choose to dismiss Black Swans at the expense of their own risk management. Just because one have never seen a black swan does not guarantee that one will not see one in the future. He coolly states the fact of inequality His position on College professors seems disingenuous. Anyone blessed with great professors will not share his disdain for learning. Any behavioral economic course will include Black swans but not as skeptical as Professor Taleb. To keep you alert he adds randomness to this work.

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  • Published: August 2007
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T027434
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