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Alan Whittaker (Oakville, Ontario Canada)

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Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
Price: £5.49

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1.0 out of 5 stars cognitive dribblesoup, 1 May 2014
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Whilst this book has some interesting things to say I find it, for the most part, a strange cross between a sales pitch and an unfulfilled self justificatory stream of conciousness. A kind of insight into someone's cognitive work in progress and simultaneously accumulating bank account.

It mentions the Black Swan in terms of why, after reading that you should pay for a second book - simple the Black Swan is this new books, "junior appendix". This is a sales pitch pure and simple. So, after telling the world something and earning a fortune in the process, there is - yes good Christians - even more to be revealed. Just keep the faith.

It also name drops Steve Jobs early on. Never a good sign. It's a weak and easy way to appropriate popularity by association. The author even employs the same trick with our very own grandmothers.

It never ceases to amaze me just how flexible the English language is. Always having the ability to adapt and absorb new cultures and languages. However, I think this author is engaging in a deliberate assault upon language that unnecessarily twists meaning in an attempt to both lure the paying reader and obfuscate its rhetorical weaknesses.

No doubt the author would say their choice of language is antifragile but this is simply impoverished circular logic. Even cultish.

The English language is perfectly capable of saying what this author means to say without a dribblesoup of nonpreponderances and antiplatitudinal neologistificationizing. See what I mean.


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