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Umberto Eco's anti-library, or how we seek validation[ edit ] In the first chapter, the Black Swan theory is black swan taleb discussed in relation to Taleb's coming of age in the Levant.

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The author then elucidates his approach to historical analysis. He describes history as opaque, essentially a black box of cause and effect.

One sees events black swan taleb 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; black swan taleb published her unedited work and the book became an international bestseller.


The small publishing firm became a big corporation, and Yevgenia became famous. This incident is described as a Black Swan event.

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The book goes on to admit that the so-called author is a work of fiction. Yevgenia rejects the distinction between fiction and nonfiction.

She also hates the very idea of forcing things into well defined "categories", holding that the world generally is black swan taleb and not easy to define.


We eagerly black swan taleb with him through the follies of confirmation bias [and] narrative fallacy. The Black Swan has appealing cheek and admirable ambition. Includes a bonus pdf of tables and figures. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal black swan taleb.

Why do we not acknowledge the phenomenon of black swans until after they occur?

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Part of the answer, according to Taleb, is that humans are hardwired to learn specifics when they should be focused on generalities. I have it on my shelf. So do many others. But that may well have been a hostage to fortune, because Taleb's follow-up, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, is not quite so smart, black swan taleb.

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Until the 19th century and the discovery of mutant black swan taleb 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, black swan taleb effects that go far beyond their initial apparent import. Taleb has many useful insights to offer.


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