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The Black Swan, Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility"

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Sprecher: Joe Ochman
Spieldauer: 15 Std. und 48 Min.
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The Black Swan is a stand-alone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, Antifragile, Skin in the Game, and The Bed of Procrustes.

A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.

Why do we not acknowledge the phenomenon of black swans until after they occur? Part of the answer, according to Taleb, is that humans are hardwired to learn specifics when they should be focused on generalities. We concentrate on things we already know and time and time again fail to take into consideration what we don’t know. We are, therefore, unable to truly estimate opportunities, too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize, and not open enough to rewarding those who can imagine the “impossible”.

For years, Taleb has studied how we fool ourselves into thinking we know more than we actually do. We restrict our thinking to the irrelevant and inconsequential, while large events continue to surprise us and shape our world. In this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don’t know, and this second edition features a new philosophical and empirical essay, “On Robustness and Fragility”, which offers tools to navigate and exploit a Black Swan world.

Elegant, startling, and universal in its applications, The Black Swan will change the way you look at the world. Taleb is a vastly entertaining writer, with wit, irreverence, and unusual stories to tell. He has a polymathic command of subjects ranging from cognitive science to business to probability theory. The Black Swan is a landmark book - itself a black swan.

Includes a bonus pdf of tables and figures.

Praise for Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“The most prophetic voice of all.” (GQ)

Praise for The Black Swan:

“[A book] that altered modern thinking.” (The Times, London)

“A masterpiece.” (Chris Anderson, Editor-in-chief of Wired, author of The Long Tail)

“Hugely enjoyable - compelling...easy to dip into.” (Financial Times)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2010 Nassim Nicholas Taleb (P)2018 Random House Audio

Kritikerstimmen

“Engaging.... The Black Swan has appealing cheek and admirable ambition.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne.... We eagerly romp with him through the follies of confirmation bias [and] narrative fallacy.” (The Wall Street Journal

The Black Swan changed my view of how the world works.” (Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate)

  “Idiosyncratically brilliant.” (Niall Ferguson, Los Angeles Times

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Komm mal auf dem Punkt!

Ich hatte mir dies angeschafft bei Audible auf die Empfehlung von ein Kollege. Das Buch ist lustig und unterhaltsam. Voll mit interessante Erzählungen und Verweisungen nach Philosophische Denker und Gedanken.

Seine These ist eigentlich sehr interessant, aber, hab mir doch verschiedene malen gedacht, na, Freund, komm mal auf dem Punkt.

Jeder der mit vorhersagen und Projektionen zu tun hat oder damit arbeitet und sich selbst erst nehmen will sollte dies buch lesen. Abgesehen von was der Autor vermittelt gibt es einen ein unterhaltsamen Einblick in Wissenschaft und Philosophie in das wahre Leben.

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Thinking: fast and slow was better

It is really hard for me to review this book. I liked it, but at the same time hated it! The only thing I am certain of, is that the book Thinking fast and slow by Danny Kannehmann, one of the heroes of Nassim Taleb had a better narrative, was much more comprehensive, and covered much more context.
I especially was quite unsatisfied with the aggressive and offensive tone this book had against people who did not get his point. Even though I completely agreed with the author, and recommended his book to all my friends and family, a lot of times I found myself saying: "This guy is such an arrogant asshole"!
One other thing was that this book kept repeating the same message over and over and over again. I especially did not care for the author's inconsequential subjective worship-like comments on the lifestyle of his "Heroes". I don't know about other people, but I agree with a reasonable mild critique/praise a lot easier than an emotional assault/love letter.
Also the tone of the narrator was a little high pitched and fast-paced. This made listening to the book for long durations improbable, and especially in the beginning of the book, when I was not used to his tone, it sometimes made me angry.
All this was my comments on the experience I had from the beginning and the middle of the book. But by the end, when I was used to the emotional tone of the author and the fast narration, I stood up, clapping for a minute, giving the book the standing ovation it deserves.

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Still worth reading in 2019

Even if this book is almost 10 years old I really enjoyed the philosophical and practical approach of Nassim Taleb. I am very convinced that his arguments are true and would lead to a better world if followed.
Sure he attacks several persons very directly which I cannot really judge as an non-American.

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too long with unneeded details

the idea of the book is great but the book is too long and with too much unnecessary details. after 3-4 hours of hearing i got the idea, the rest 14 hours weren't really necessary

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Einfache Dinge unfassbar kompliziert erzählt

Auf eine extrem selbstreferenzielle Art und Weise wird vom Autor erstmal 60 Minuten lang erklärt, warum das Buch unglaublich genial ist.
Danach wird’s
In Summe völlig langatmige Ausführungen.