Nassim Taleb presents "Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder"
November 30, 2012: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
From the bestselling author of "The Black Swan" and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a book on how some things actually benefit from disorder.
Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard
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$65.00. Book included
Registration is required. Walk-ins are generally not accepted.
Registration closes at 5:00 pm on Thurs, Nov 29. After that time, if seats are still available, see contact information for phone reservations and cash / check payment options.
Dress Code: business or business casual attire required. Jeans are not allowed.
11:30 AM-1:30 PM: Reception, noon luncheon followed by author presentation, Q&A and book signing
Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Speaker)
Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, New York University's Polytechnic Institute
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to problems of uncertainty, probability, and knowledge. He spent two decades as a trader before becoming a philosophical essayist and academic researcher. Although he now spends most of his time either working in intense seclusion in his study, or as a flâneur meditating in cafés across the planet, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University's Polytechnic Institute. His main subject matter is "decision making under opacity", that is, a map and a protocol on how we should live in a world we don't understand.
His works are grouped under the general title Incerto (Latin for uncertainty), composed of a trilogy accessible in any order (Antifragile, The Black Swan, and Fooled by Randomness) plus two addendas: a book of philosophical aphorisms (The Bed of Procrustes) and a freely available Technical Companion. Taleb's books have been published in thirty-three languages.
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In "The Black Swan" Taleb outlined a problem, and in "Antifragile" he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish.