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Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Antifragile "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 "The Bed of Procrustes."
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of "The Black Swan" and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals how to thrive in an uncertain world.
Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls antifragile is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.
In "The Black Swan, "Taleb showed us that highly improbable and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our world. In "Antifragile, " Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner. The antifragile is beyond the resilient or robust. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better and better.
Furthermore, the antifragile is immune to prediction errors and protected from adverse events. Why is the city-state better than the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is what we call efficient not efficient at all? Why do government responses and social policies protect the strong and hurt the weak? Why should you write your resignation letter before even starting on the job? How did the sinking of the "Titanic" save lives? The book spans innovation by trial and error, life decisions, politics, urban planning, war, personal finance, economic systems, and medicine. And throughout, in addition to the street wisdom of Fat Tony of Brooklyn, the voices and recipes of ancient wisdom, from Roman, Greek, Semitic, and medieval sources, are loud and clear.
"Antifragile" is a blueprint for living in a Black Swan world.
Erudite, witty, and iconoclastic, Taleb s message is revolutionary: The antifragile, and only the antifragile, will make it.

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The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Book Cover The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"The Black Swan "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, Antifragile, "and "The Bed of Procrustes."
A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.
Why do we not acknowledge the phenomenon of black swans until after they occur? Part of the answer, according to Taleb, is that humans are hardwired to learn specifics when they should be focused on generalities. We concentrate on things we already know and time and time again fail to take into consideration what we don t know. We are, therefore, unable to truly estimate opportunities, too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize, and not open enough to rewarding those who can imagine the impossible.
For years, Taleb has studied how we fool ourselves into thinking we know more than we actually do. We restrict our thinking to the irrelevant and inconsequential, while large events continue to surprise us and shape our world. In this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don t know, and this second edition features a new philosophical and empirical essay, On Robustness and Fragility, which offers tools to navigate and exploit a Black Swan world.
Elegant, startling, and universal in its applications, "The Black Swan" will change the way you look at the world. Taleb is a vastly entertaining writer, with wit, irreverence, and unusual stories to tell. He has a polymathic command of subjects ranging from cognitive science to business to probability theory. "The Black Swan" is a landmark book itself a black swan.

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A New Earth

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Eckhart Tolle

With his bestselling spiritual guide "The Power of Now," Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived in the now. In "A New Earth," Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.
Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting, "A New Earth" is a profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life and for building a better world.

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The Tibetan book of Living and Dying

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Sogyal Rinpoche

Death Is Like a Mirror in Which the True Meaning of Life Is Reflected Who dies? The answer to this question goes straight to the heart of Dzogchen, a 1,200-year-old school of Tibetan Buddhism that sees impermanence as the very essence of existence. Sogyal Rinpoche grew up in the last generation of Tibetans who learned Buddhism as it was traditionally taught in Tibet. Schooled by his country's most revered masters, and later educated at Cambridge, Sogyal Rinpoche is uniquely prepared to bring this ancient tradition to the Western world today.On Tibetan Wisdom for Living and Dying, Rinpoche presents a grand and transforming vision of life and death, introducing you to Tibetan practices that can help anyone live fully, while preparing for the extraordinary adventure that death offers each one of us. What we call life and death, Rinpoche teaches, are merely shades of the same unbroken wholeness. By daring to see clearly the truth of our lives, and by exploring the part of us that is changeless and eternal, we can face the last moment of life without fear. Masterfully taught, Tibetan Wisdom for Living and Dying is both a guide to this inner technology and a sacred document for listeners of all faiths and traditions.

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La Llama Doble

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Octavio Paz

La llama doble es un ensayo enteramente unitario que, por su importancia en el conjunto de la obra Octavio Paz, resulta comparable a títulos tan decisivos como El arco y la lira o El laberinto de la soledad. Aun cuando la redacción material del libro se produjo entre marzo y abril de 1993, el propósito de escribirlo data por lo menos de 1965, y en aquella época el autor redactó los primeros apuntes de lo que deseaba que, "partiendo de la conexión íntima entre los tres dominios el sexo, el erotismo y el amor, fuese una exploración del sentimiento amoroso". Resumiendo toda su trayectoria de vida, pensamiento y escritura, con una tensión expresiva inabatible y una lúcida y conmovida cercanía al núcleo más íntimo y esencial de la existencia humana, Octavio Paz examina, compendia, hace revivir y otorga pleno sentido, desde sus orígenes en la memoria histórica y mítica hasta la experiencia cotidiana más inmediata, a uno de los elementos fundamentales de la vida de hombres y mujeres: "El fuego original y primordial, la sexualidad, levanta la llama roja del erotismo y ésta, a su vez, sostiene y alza otra llama, azul y trémula: la del amor. Erotismo y amor: la llama doble de la vida".

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El Arte de Amar

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Erich Fromm

El arte de amar es una obra con la que Erich Fromm ha ayudado a varias generaciones a reflexionar sobre el amor y a responder a algunas preguntas aparentemente sencillas: Que significa amar? Como desprendernos de nosotros mismos para experimentar este sentimiento? El amor no es solo una relacion personal, es un rasgo de madurez que se manifiesta en diversas formas: amor erotico, amor fraternal, amor filial, amor a uno mismo... El amor no es algo pasajero y mecanico, como a veces nos induce a creer la sociedad de hoy. Muy al contrario, el amor es un arte, el fruto de un aprendizaje. Por ello, si queremos aprender a amar, debemos actuar como lo hariamos si quisieramos aprender cualquier otro arte, ya sea musica, pintura, carpinteria o el arte de la medicina. O, por lo menos, no dedicar nuestra energia a buscar exito y dinero, prestigio y poder, sino a cultivar el verdadero arte de amar.

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