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The Bed of Procrustes

Audiobook

By the author of the modern classis 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 Nassim Nicholas 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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Publisher: Gildan Media Edition: Unabridged

OverDrive Listen audiobook

  • ISBN: 9781469093932
  • File size: 48792 KB
  • Release date: December 28, 2010
  • Duration: 01:41:38

MP3 audiobook

  • ISBN: 9781469093932
  • File size: 48802 KB
  • Release date: December 28, 2010
  • Duration: 01:41:39
  • Number of parts: 2

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subjects

Business Nonfiction

Languages

English

By the author of the modern classis 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 Nassim Nicholas 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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  • Details

    Publisher:
    Gildan Media
    Edition:
    Unabridged

    OverDrive Listen audiobook
    ISBN: 9781469093932
    File size: 48792 KB
    Release date: December 28, 2010
    Duration: 01:41:38

    MP3 audiobook
    ISBN: 9781469093932
    File size: 48802 KB
    Release date: December 28, 2010
    Duration: 01:41:39
    Number of parts: 2

  • Creators
  • Formats
    OverDrive Listen audiobook
    MP3 audiobook
  • Languages
    English