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Part One and the beginning of Part Two delve into psychology.

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Taleb addresses science and business in the taleb black swan half of Part Two and Part Three. Part Four contains advice on how to approach the world in the face of uncertainty and still enjoy life. Taleb acknowledges a contradiction in the book.

He uses an exact metaphor, the Black Swan idea to argue against the "unknown, the abstract, and imprecise uncertain—white ravens, pink elephants, or evaporating denizens of a taleb black swan planet orbiting Tau Ceti.

You need a story to displace a story. Metaphors and stories taleb black swan far more potent alas than ideas; they are also easier to remember and more fun to read. Umberto Eco's anti-library, or how we seek validation[ edit ] In the first chapter, the Black Swan theory is first discussed in relation to Taleb black swan coming of age in the Levant.

The author then elucidates his approach to historical analysis.

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He describes history as opaque, essentially a black box of cause and effect. One sees events go in and events go out, but one has no way of determining which produced what effect. Taleb argues this is due to The Triplet of Opacity.

She published her book on the web and was discovered by a small publishing company; they taleb black swan her unedited work and the book became an international bestseller. The small publishing firm became a big corporation, and Yevgenia became famous.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This incident is described as a Black Swan event. But that may well have been a hostage to fortune, because Taleb's follow-up, The Black Taleb black swan The Impact of the Highly Improbable, is not quite so smart, taleb black swan.

Until the 19th century and the discovery of mutant black swans in Australia, it was assumed all swans were white. The underlying probability of these black swans has been "mispriced" as if they were undervalued stocks or other containers of latent value.

The other quality of black swans is that the events themselves have wide-ranging, society-changing effects that go far beyond their initial apparent import.

Taleb has many useful insights to offer.


He questions taleb black swan reliance on the "narrative fallacy", the way past information is used to analyse the causes of events when so much history is actually "silent".

It is the silence - the gap - taleb black swan missing energy in the historical system, which produces the black swan. Imagine, says Taleb, the problem of turkeys: On the afternoon of the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, something unexpected will happen to the turkey.


It will incur a revision of belief. Or then there is "domain specificity", whereby "our reactions, our mode of thinking, our intuitions, depend on the context in taleb black swan the matter is presented" - whereas black swans come from a context greatly beyond the norm.