Following the schedule of our Reading Calendar
And doing so, we come back to the original inspiration of this blog. Let’s remember that it was in a terrace in front of the Mediterranean see in Barcelona, while discussing passionately about The Black Swan and the imminent publication on Antifragile paperback that we decided to create El Pla Subtil.
Today we begin with the prologue. Taleb makes in it a full disclosure of the fundamental ideas of his book and also lays out the moral backbone that any scientific work should have.
We are introduced to the concept of antifragility and learn to distinguish it from robustness. We are presented with the problem of the growing fragility of our world and the antidote to it. Namely, giving up the vane effort to assess probabilities to black swan like events, which we cannot measure, and instead try the reduce fragility/increase antifragility in our systems which we can do.
Together with it we receive two ethical declarations: No one should talk about what he doesn’t practice and absolute truth is the only decent way forward for the scientist.
We have to read no more than this prologue to see that this book is not like our previous lecture, The Checklist Manifiesto. Here we have tension from the very first paragraph and each line of the book is able to create a line of discussion.
Let’s enjoy it.