The Bed of Procrustes

The Bed of Procrustes

Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses Taleb's view of modern civilization's hubristic side effects--modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400069972
Branch Call Number: 818.602 TALEB
Characteristics: xii, 112 p. ; 21 cm.


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Feb 12, 2015

Absolutely love aphorisms and absolutely loved this book. Didn't agree with every single one, but enjoyed seeing an alternative view of many things I had never given much thought about. For me, books are meant to entertain & enlighten...this book certainly did both.

zavirani Oct 20, 2011

I really enjoyed The Black Swan, but the 'aphorisms' that constitute this book was just like reading the table of contents or title headings from Black Swan. Could read it in an hour or two, some zingers, but that's all it is.

Apr 10, 2011

You have to be pretty impressed with yourself to launch a book of aphorisms like this into the world. Taleb is occasionally prone to reheating old platitudes, but he also gets off some brilliant zingers that you'll want to pass off as your own at either a business meeting or a dinner party. Don't read the book all in one go. It would be like eating a box of chocolates at one sitting. Savour the ones that deserve it, forget the ones that don't, and enjoy the ride. It's a few hours in the company of a witty, self-centred, occasionally overbearing, but always fascinating human being.


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