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R. Read and N.N. Taleb advocate religion as a risk-management system: I am not convinced.

My difficult relation with N.N. Taleb’s ideas has been the underlying thread of a significant proportion of posts, and I keep hoping this tension will generate useful insights. However sometimes my will to embrace ideological diversity is shaken vigorously… Rupert

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Random thoughts on Antifragility (Part 2): the role of heuristics

How can we prepare for the unexpected? One of the central features of Nassim N. Taleb book “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” is that the great big world is essentially (?!?) unpredictable, and that most attempts to tame it

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Random thoughts on Antifragility (Part 1)

Nassim N. Taleb book “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” is notoriously divisive: you either love it or hate it. In my case, it’s both: I loved reading it as much as I found it infuriating. I will start my

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Antifragility: an introduction for Social Scientists and Policy Makers

This week I gave a seminar on Antifragility to my colleagues at the Social Science Research Unit. The concept of Antifragility was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and popularised through his “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” book. The seminar

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