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    DescriptionIn this profound and playful book, Nassim Nicholas Taleb presents his ideas about life in the form of aphorisms, the world's earliest - and most memorable - literary form. Procrustes was a character from Greek mythology who abducted travellers and invited them to spend the night in a special bed, which they had to fit to perfection. They never did. Those who were too tall had their legs chopped off; those who were too short were stretched. Every aphorism here is about a Procrustean bed of sorts - we humans, facing the limits of our knowledge, the unseen and the unknown, resolve the tension by squeezing life and the world into crisp commoditized ideas, reductive categories, specific vocabularies and pre-packaged narratives. Only by embracing the unexpected - and accepting what we don't know - can we see the world as it really is.


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    Title
    The Bed of Procrustes
    Subtitle
    Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 220 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846144585
    ISBN 10: 1846144582
    Classifications

    Ingram Subject Code: RB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BIC subject category V2: WH, HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11800
    BIC E4L: HUM
    DC22: 082
    BISAC V2.8: REF019000
    BIC subject category V2: HPX
    DC22: 102.07
    Thema V1.0: GBCQ
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    ALLEN LANE
    Publication date
    02 December 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb spends most of his time as a flaneur, meditating in cafes across the planet. A former trader, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University. He is the author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan, an international bestseller which has become an intellectual, social, and cultural touchstone.
    Review quote
    Like Twain and Wilde before him, Taleb eats paradoxes for breakfast...The aphorism is Taleb to a tee. It showcases his wit and learning, and provides ways to fillet his enemies. All his usual suspects are present to be corrected: bankers, fools, politicians, journalists...Present, too, are his heroes: the curious, the intellectually anarchistic, the idle philosopher. -- James Kidd Independent on Sunday [A] quirky, entertaining collection of aphorisms, covering everything from the web ("like a verbally incontinent person") to the injuriousness of doing too much work ("My idea of the sabbatical is to work for (part of) a day and rest for six") ... a wry, often hila-rious glimpse. -- Robert Collins The Times