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In a nutshell: insightful but rambling,
This review is from: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Paperback)There are many reviews here already, so I'll keep this short:
- Content: makes insightful points on limitations of our knowledge, human temptation to identify false trends and narratives, follow herd mentality, blindly follow 'experts', and so forth. He calls this 'skeptical empiricism'.
- Style: long-winded and rambling, skipping from personal stories from Lebanon, to parables intended to represent the author, to dull discussions on history of mathematics. I didn't mind it, but some readers hate it.
- Author: massively arrogant and up himself. Thinks he's had the best idea since sliced bread. He's got a good idea, but he's not the first or the only one, just the one with the biggest mouth.
- Other reads: there are better books out there on similar subjects. John Kay (of the FT) writes essays from a similar position, much more concisely and more to the point.
Hope that helps!
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Initial post: 17 Dec 2010 20:28:18 GMT
A. Clarke says:
Nice use of the phrase 'up himself'. I want to see it more often.
Posted on 19 Apr 2011 21:24:07 BDT
A. Sikandar says:
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2013 23:47:42 BDT
Mr. P. M. Feeney says:
What a biased comment! Appreciate that people have varied opinions on works and will mention them when making reviews
Posted on 12 Apr 2013 15:40:34 BDT
arrogant and up himself eh? Thank goodness none of his reviewers are!
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