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Book review: “Antifragile” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

My Favorite quotes:

“If you have more than one reason to do something (choose a doctor or veterinarian, hire a gardener or an employee, marry a person, go on a trip), just don’t do it. It does not mean that one reason is better than two, just that by invoking more than one reason you are trying to convince yourself to do something. Obvious decisions (robust to error) require no more than a single reason.”

“The irony of the process of thought control: the more energy you put into trying to control your ideas and what you think about, the more your ideas end up controlling you.”

“The best way to verify that you are alive is by checking if you like variations. Remember that food would not have a taste if it weren’t for hunger; results are meaningless without effort, joy without sadness, convictions without uncertainty, and an ethical life isn’t so when stripped of personal risks.”

“Let me be more aggressive: we are largely better at doing than we are at thinking, thanks to antifragility. I’d rather be dumb and antifragile than extremely smart and fragile, any time.”

Rate: 10/10

Book review - Antifragile

Have you ever asked yourself, how come millions of dollars are paid every year to professional people for the sake of predicting our economical future and we are still surprised when they come? How come there is more unemployment in sectors that required degrees than in the taxi sector? Why we are so afraid of changes while we all know that they are necessary for progress? You will get all the answers to those questions in this book.

Following the publication of his best seller “Black swan”, Nassim Nicholas Taleb has managed to surpass itself in this incredible book. His capacity to pass complicated ideas in simple words, are one of the things I find the most admirable about this author. Moreover, the ideas behind this book are extremely revolutionary and contradicting our current mind set, nevertheless instead of showing resistance to his ideas I find myself laughing all along the book.

The ideas behind the book has changed a lot the way I see the world we are living in. It gave me a different perspective on our current society, which I find to be important in the current state of monopolized flow of information. The practical implications of the concept of antifragility are massive. I will recommend any person that feels he want to understand better what is wrong in our current mind set to take the time and have a read.

If you search to purchase the book:

Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder

 

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Constructive education – Part 7. Seeds of constructive education

Seeds of constructive education exist around the world. The majority of our current education system is old, not relevant to the needs of our children’s and do not take in account the new available technology. The world has changed drastically in the last 50 years. It is the time to understand that the educational system need to change as well. It is the only way we can make sure our young generation are getting tools that will to promote their well being and lead our society to a better future.

In my recent posts about education, I developed a deep and long conversation about the the concept of “constructive education” and its benefits Vs the disastrous effect of our current “Depressive Education“. In many conversation I had with people in the subject, I’ve been explained that practical example have to be given to encourage a change in the rest of the system. Happily, it exists and have been proven as working well.

In this post, I will present only a part of these possible developments in some remarkable institutions. This is only a small step done, representing a variety of possible upgrades possible for the creation of better educational platforms.

Lets start with an inspiring conversation done in TEDxTucson by George Land regrading The Failure Of Success done by our current educational system:

This conversation has reinforce my believe in the need to develop, spread and implement the concept of “Constructive education” into every educational system around the world as soon as possible. Let pass to inspiring institutions.

Tokyo Kindergarten Fuji located in the Tachikawa :

 

Ørestad High School in Copenhagen, Denmark:

The Montessori School concepts:

The future of our culture, society and children’s is in our hands. It is our responsibility to make sure the education given today is relevant and constructive. Looking on the majority of the public schools and the general philosophy leading them, is demonstrating how far we are from giving to our young generation the tools they need. 

As I mentioned previously, I believe it is our responsibility to actively promote a countable change in the educational system around the world. Alone we cannot make such a change. We need to group, communicate and share ideas that will force our local governments to take serious actions in the subject.

Did you got inspired? What is your opinion in the subject?

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