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Author Taleb, Nassim.

Title The bed of Procrustes : philosophical and practical aphorisms / Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Imprint New York : Random House, c2010.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  818.602 T143b 2010    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xii, 112 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents 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.
Summary 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.
Subject Aphorisms and apothegms.
Human behavior -- Quotations, maxims, etc.
ISBN 9781400069972 (alk. paper)
1400069971 (alk. paper)

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