Antifragile: A non-fiction by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Recent technological findings have created pseudo-reality to some extent. Since people use instinct and common sense less, and put emphasize on statistics and or plain fact, the world today has become more uncertain and through Antifragile Nassim Nicholas Taleb provides solution and explanations on how to thrive in an uncertain world like today.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb never stops promoting intriguing but captivating thought. In his previous book, The Black Swan, for example, heshows that highly improbable and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our world. Taleb shows that we love making illusions either by making predictions or by explaining the cause of an event. Such behaviors have weakened our capacity to deal with disorders, volatility, and or uncertainty. Instead of embracing uncertainty, we build a wall to separate our life from it. Such fear has made us not realize that many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, and uncertainty. And, such property is called antifragile.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb gives illustrations on the importance of stress and uncertainty. He puts bones as one of examples by citing that bones will get stronger if they are exposed to load, to stress – and become weaker if they are not used for quite a long time. Nassim also illustrates why it’s not important to perform counter-attack towards rumor as it is only making the rumor gets stronger and spreads more and more.

Taleb in short explains that antifragile represents a condition in which things not only gain from chaos and or stress, but need it to survive and flourish. In Antifragile he also emphasizes the importance of overcompensation. He mentions that human mind basically embraces overcompensation. The notion explains why bright mind or student will likely to fail or have poor grades if he is in the middle of unchallenging situation which doesn’t embrace his capability to think more. This concept also works in animal, especially in a competition. Nassim said, “The best horse loses if he competes with the slower ones, and wins against better rivals.”

In Antifragile Nassim Nicholas Taleb suggests us to embrace uncertainty – making it desirable. Furthermore, he insists on the importance of uncertainty and promotes that things be built in an antifragile manner. According to Taleb, antifragile is beyond robust or resilient. The antifragile gets better and better when it is exposed to stress, while the resilient resists shocks and stays the same. The antifragile itself is immune to prediction errors and protected from adverse events.


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