Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
The bestselling author of The Black Swan and 'the hottest thinker in the world' (Sunday Times) is back with a book challenging many of our long-held beliefs about risk, reward, politics, religion and financeHow can a stubborn minority easily end up ruling? Should you take advice ... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Risk - Sociological aspects, Risk-taking Psychology - Social aspects, Information asymmetry - Social aspects, Uncertainty Information theory - Social aspects, Complexity Philosophy
||History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
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The bestselling author of The Black Swan and 'the hottest thinker in the world' (Sunday Times) is back with a book challenging many of our long-held beliefs about risk, reward, politics, religion and financeHow can a stubborn minority easily end up ruling? Should you take advice from a salesperson? Is the pope atheist?More than the foundation of risk management, skin in the game is an astonishingly complex worldview that, as Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows in this provocative book, applies to all aspects of our lives and drives history. In his inimitable style, he draws on everything from Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump to Seneca to the ethics of disagreement to how to buy a used car, to create a jaw-dropping tapestry for understanding this idea in a brand new way. Full of philosophical tales and practical stories, Skin in the Game offers a key rule to live by: do not do to others what you don't want them to do to you, with its practical extension: never take advice from someone who gives advice for a living.
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||Imagine someone with the erudition of Pico de la Mirandola, the skepticism of Montaigne, solid mathematical training, a restless globetrotter, polyglot, enjoyer of fine wines, specialist of financial derivatives, irrepressible reader, and irascible to the point of readily slapping a disciple * La Tribune, Paris * The hottest thinker in the world -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times * The most prophetic voice of all * GQ * A superhero of the mind -- Boyd Tonkin Wall Street's principal dissident -- Malcolm Gladwell A guru for every would-be Damien Hirst, George Soros and aspirant despot -- John Cornwell * Sunday Times *
||Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to immersing himself in problems of luck, uncertainty, probability and knowledge. Part literary essayist, part empiricist, part no-nonsense mathematical trader, he is currently Dean's Professor in the Science of Uncertainty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His last book, the bestseller Fooled by Randomness, has been published in eighteen languages and was selected by Fortune magazine as one of The Smartest Books of All Time . Taleb lives mostly in New York.