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Skin in the Game

Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Sprecher: Joe Ochman
Serie: Incerto
Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 20 Min.
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Number-one New York Times best seller

A bold work from the author of The Black Swan that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility.

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life. 

As always both accessible and iconoclastic, Taleb challenges long-held beliefs about the values of those who spearhead military interventions, make financial investments, and propagate religious faiths. Among his insights: 

  • For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing. You cannot make profits and transfer the risks to others, as bankers and large corporations do. You cannot get rich without owning your own risk and paying for your own losses. Forcing skin in the game corrects this asymmetry better than thousands of laws and regulations. 
  • Ethical rules aren't universal. You're part of a group larger than you, but it's still smaller than humanity in general. 
  • Minorities, not majorities, run the world. The world is not run by consensus but by stubborn minorities asymmetrically imposing their tastes and ethics on others. 
  • You can be an intellectual yet still be an idiot. "Educated philistines" have been wrong on everything from Stalinism to Iraq to low carb diets. 
  • Beware of complicated solutions (that someone was paid to find). A simple barbell can build muscle better than expensive new machines. 
  • True religion is commitment, not just faith. How much you believe in something is manifested only by what you’re willing to risk for it.

The phrase "skin in the game" is one we have often heard but have rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it's also an astonishingly rich worldview that, as Taleb shows in this book, applies to all aspects of our lives. As Taleb says, "The symmetry of skin in the game is a simple rule that's necessary for fairness and justice and the ultimate BS-buster," and "Never trust anyone who doesn't have skin in the game. Without it, fools and crooks will benefit, and their mistakes will never come back to haunt them." 

©2018 Nassim Nicholas Taleb (P)2018 Random House Audio

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I am sorry...

...that I bought this book. While I really enjoyed Taleb books so far, I started to fear while listening to Antifragile that he becomes a ranting old man punching everyone who dares to criticize. With this book, he arrived there. It is a collection of insults and calling names. It is hard to really see the points he wants to make as he constantly has another punch to deliver. I might get his idea that Donald Trump is someone who has "skin in the game" and that he harolds a new future. But Trump is the very wrong example for this, sorry to say.
I stopped the book half way because I am simply bored and enraged the same time having to whitness constant rants. I deleted it and won't come back. Also, my last book from Taleb. It is a pitty.

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Not what you expect from the author

After having read the Black Swan, I expected something similar. This book however is written in a different way. There is too much unrelated storytelling and fancy lists of words which are there just to sound entertaining. I could not finish the book because it became just too uninteresting. If you like lofty stories with the sole purpose of seeming interesting, this still might be for you.

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pointless rant of a self-enamored man

if you enjoy generalized rants against academics and if you enjoy listening to people showing off how superior they are to all 'academics', this is your book. content-wise Taleb often contradicts himself, which is easy if you make general statements. The only lesson worth taking from this book is that you have to know what you are talking about, which is not exactly a revelation.

This book has inspired me to buy two Steven Pinker books.

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A man who thinks

Unbelievable, after nearly 50 attempts it's really the first book I read that has chapter titles. I like people like Mr. Taleb who think to ease up other's life.
In accordance with the content of the book I would say that Audible's bureaucrats are not that far in evolution.

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  • Felix
  • Europe
  • 28.10.2018

Not as good as his previous books

If you like Taleb's previous books, you may want to consider reading this one as well. In comparison to his other books - like Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan and Antifragile - I recommend this one the least.

It's somewhat entertaining, but less insightful than his previous works. Yet, if the book sensitized me to the concept of "skin in the game", it was was well worth my time and money. Just don't expect too much.

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Skin in the Game

State-Worshipers, banksters, corporations without liabilities and „intellectual“ elitists will hate this message. These people have neither real life reference experience nor do they ever take responsibility for their actions. No skin in the game.

Kommunism and Karl Marx never worked one day in their entire life and had no real life reference experience in regards to human nature. His ideas cost more than 100 million lives alone in the 20th century. Results of no skin in the game. People who can't control themselves, try to control others. Better to set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.

You don't listen to a virgin trying to give you dating advice. You don't listen to a business professor who never build a successful business. You only listen to competent people high in the competence hierarchy who also have… Skin in the Game.

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Rambling on and on with no substance

Author is rambling on and on how free and independant he is and how all these other scientists have no clue about maths and stuff. Those are interesting claims, but in the part I listened to there was no explanation on why they are wrong, because if he did the book would just be "a boring college lecture". But a well-structured lecture style book is what I hoped for. Disappointed.

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Suspicion: An A-hole full of BS

Well I’ve chosen to use two of Taleb’s favorite terms A-hole and BS.
It’s been rather tedious to listen to the end of this audiobook. Taleb seems to be a guy, who knows some about probabilities and about the Ancient Greeks. Almost everyone in his world are idiots, except some who are geniuses, like himself one suspects.
The title of his book is ‘skin in the game’, and his advice is: Never trust someone who hasn’t got skin in the game. Sounds like a good word of caution or advice, if only he would have said ‘be cautious about trusting’ in stead of ‘never’. And this ‘never’ is symptomatic for his line of reasoning, he reasons all the time in absolutes, making sweeping generalizations.
He is angry, self righteous, full of him self. Naturally he is to be trusted, because as a real hero, he has got skin in the game. But my old grandmother - he loves talking about the wisdom of the grandmother, whose wisdom is deeper than stupid pundits - would probably say, that he seems like a narcissistic A-hole, who has been insulted on occasions, while his pompous BS, was called for what it was. He projects his own mediocrity on the world, and points to some of the real mediocrities of the world at the same time, whilst presenting them as deep truths, that he has revealed to the world or that some old Greek already knew.
I don’t think I’ll retain anything from this book, besides that I didn’t like Taleb, and his reasoning was unconvincing. I had hoped to learn some more about probabilities, because I believe we would all do better, if we trained ourselves in it. Having read Taleb has convinced me that knowledge about probabilities does not make you immune from all other kinds of cognitive fallacies and emotionally of the rails. And it certainly doesn’t make you immune from being a true A-hole full of BS (I apologize for the coarse language, but that’s really the way he writes page after page.)

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Ein Meisterwerk A masterpiece

Wie alle Bücher in der Incerto-Reihe ein Meisterwerk. Ich kann es nur jedem empfehlen. Danke Nassim Taleb dafür von ganzem Herzen.

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  • DjM
  • 08.04.2018

Interessante Ansätze

Taleb bringt viele interessante Beispiele für seine Theorie. Den Schreibstil finde ich erfrischend anders; jedoch ist die Struktur für ein Audiobuch (in dem man schlecht vor- und zurückblättern kann) etwas verworren. Trotzdem empfehlenswert!