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Slight stress improves life,
This review is from: Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder (Hardcover)
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If you've read Black Swan you'll know NNT's style - slightly rambling, discursive and frequently contradictory.
This book is worth a read, even if the central idea isn't exactly new, he acknowledges that Popper (in the Poverty of Historicism) has pretty much covered this.
The central thesis is that small stresses are good, that over centralised and 'smooth' systems tend to be fragile, he gives lots of examples and broadly I agree that tinkering, small and piecemeal efforts tend to be much better lasting than grand schemes.In fact generally in life, I've noted that only temporary things seem to be permanent. However, note that this narrative fits in nicely with current orthodoxy (neo-liberalism) and the NHS for example would be disbanded under such a scheme. So it's not as iconoclastic as NNT claims.
It's quite an interesting read, but I found you had to periodically abandon it, a too much of the same bombastic style gets on your nerves. I don't think he'll ever touch the Black Swan for timeliness, but worth a read all the same.