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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (908 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicholas Teague | 1/26/2014

    " It feels weird to be reading any of Taleb's aphorisms without them being followed by a torrent of comments and chatter as is found on the author's facebook page. A concentrated and distilled version of the author's viewpoints, definitely held up well to multiple readings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kirsti | 1/24/2014

    " Wow, what a douche nozzle. This guy claims he has to take a ritual bath after talking with journalists, apparently because journalists are so . . . well . . . not remotely like Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The repeated uses of the terms "sucker" and "loser" also grated. But I suppose a kind and humble person wouldn't have thought of writing a book of aphorisms in the first place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Will | 1/18/2014

    " Delightful aphorisms that spark unexpected trains of thought and subtle conversations. Well worth a look for those seeking poetic insights rather than slogging through Taleb's longer works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elviza | 1/17/2014

    " My favorite line: Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone "

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