Monday, March 21, 2011

Nassim Nicholas Taleb - The Black Swan

Leído entre: Nov 23, 2010 – Mar 21, 2011 (7737 días).

Lo que me gustó: Nada en especial, aunque en general se me hizo buen libro.

Lo que no me gustó: Un poco que repite mucho su tesis... pero estoy consciente de que a veces hasta a mí es necesario decirme algo varias veces para que de verdad se me quede. Sólo a veces.

En general: Chido, para ponerse un poco a pensar.

Amazon lo tiene aquí.

Notas y citas:

Dejé de apuntarlas muy rápido, probablemente hubo otras que me llamaron la atención pero no llegaron hasta acá.

So I disagree with the followers of Marx and those of Adam Smith: the reason free markets work is because they allow people to be lucky, thanks to aggressive trial and error, not by giving rewards or "incentives" for skill. The strategy is, then, to tinker as much as possible and try to collect as many Black Swan opportunities as you can. (p.xxv).

The problem lies in the structure of our minds: we don't learn rules, just facts, and only facts. Metarules (such as the rule that we have a tendency to not learn rules) we don't seem to be good at getting. (p. xxvi)

Indeed those who read too much Wittgenstein (and writings about comments about Wittgenstein) may be under the impression that language problems are important. They may certainly be important to attain prominence in philosophy departments, but they are something we, practitioners and decision makers in the real world, leave for the weekend. (

The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market allow you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary. (p.1)

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