‘The learning of life is about what to avoid’


41N0yU7cRRL._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg“In practice it is the negative that’s used by the pros, those selected by evolution: chess grandmasters usually win by not losing; people become rich by not going bust (particularly when others do); religions are mostly about interdicts; the learning of life is about what to avoid. You reduce most of your personal risks of accident thanks to a small number of measures.”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile

‘Never ask the doctor what you should do. Ask him what he would do if he were in your place’


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“The psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer has a simple heuristic. Never ask the doctor what you should do. Ask him what he would do if he were in your place. You would be surprised at the difference.”

[easyazon_link identifier=”0812979680″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder[/easyazon_link] by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Trial and error is freedom.”


“The trick is to be bored with a specific book, rather than with the act of reading. So the number of the pages absorbed could grow faster than otherwise. And you find gold, so to speak, effortlessly, just as in rational but undirected trial-and-error-based research. It is exactly like options, trial and error, not getting stuck, bifurcating when necessary but keeping a sense of broad freedom and opportunism.

Trial and error is freedom.”

― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder