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Diary by an egocentric wannabe Gordon Gekko.
on 26 January 2017
Am I lucky to have received this book for free in form of a Pdf-file from a friend who thought it might be of interest to me, while judging it purely by the title. Being in the habit of reading a lot, I have rarely come across a book with such an egocentric discourse and quite frankly excess of blah blah with no content. I gave the book patience up to the 42nd page, which I consider quite an achievement ... especially considering that what is written over lengthy 40 pages can be concisely summed up in less than 3. As the book is not worth much and I simply binned it, l'll simply recommend a few other more substantial reads ... after all, life is short, so why spend time reading reader's digest when you can read seriously brilliant minds!
The works of Eco's "Open Work", Deleuze & Guattari's "A Thousand Plateaus" come to mind, as also the philosophy of Bergson. For sure also Prigogine's "The End of Certainty – Time, Chaos, and the New Laws of Nature", and Hofstadter's "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid", perhaps even Lévy's "Becoming Virtual: Reality in the Digital Age" and for sure Massumi's "A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari". The last being a roller-coaster ride Hunter Thompson style across the philosophy of Bergson / Deleuze & Guattari towards concepts of: the real, the actual, the virtual, and potential which have been with us since the Ancient Greeks.
In hope that this perhaps counterbalances a little the superficial fluff in Taleb's book, may your reading hours be a veritable pleasure, a leisurely investment towards veritable growth and by consequence culture ... the latter, something money can't buy.