The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

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The Bed of Procrustes is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and Antifragile.

By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect.

The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents 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.

Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized.

With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.


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About Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to immersing himself in problems of luck, uncertainty, probability, and knowledge, and he has led three high-profile careers around his ideas, as a man of letters, as a businessman-trader, and as a university professor. Although he spends most of his time 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 work has been published in thirty-three languages.
 
Published November 30, 2010 by Random House. 136 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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the fiscal prophet and self-appointed flâneur Nassim Nicholas Taleb offers scornful aphorisms to explain the modern world.

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Nassim Taleb's latest book is a collection of miscellaneous memorable thoughts (aphorisms), many of which relate to Taleb's disagreement and frustration with the academic economics practiced and publicly promoted by many Nobel prize winning economists.

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'Most people write so they can remember things, I write to forget' - The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms Nassim Taleb's latest book is a collection of miscellaneous memorable thoughts (aphorisms), many of which relate to Taleb's disagreement and frustration with the acade...

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