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Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness.  The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.
    –  Nassim Nicholas Taleb
From his book:  “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
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It is the paradox of the close call.  Probability wise, near misses aren’t successes.  They are indicators of near failure.  And if the flaw is systemic, it requires only a small twist of fate for the next incident to result in disaster.  Rather than celebrating then ignoring close calls, we should be learning from them and doing our very best to prevent their recurrence.  But we often don’t.
  —  Ben Paynter
from his Wired Magazine article: “The Fire Next Time
Aug 2012
[This is very reminiscent of the writing of Nassim Taleb – “The Black Swan” in that we are poor judges of probability and take credit for our success while attributing failure to bad luck.  Failing to review “successes” for near failure systemic flaws makes the disaster seem inevitable in hindsight.  But, we typically don’t learn from our successes.  Do we?  —  KMAB]
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Over the long term, you are more likely to fool yourself than others.
It is those who use others who are the most upset when someone uses them.
  —   Nassim Nicholas Taleb
 from his book: “The Bed Of Procrustes
 [Completely different quotes, which strike me as being related…  —  KMAB]
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I wonder if a lion (or a cannibal) would pay a high premium for free-range humans.
 

—   Nassim Nicholas Taleb
from his book: “The Bed Of Procrustes
 

[Raised as an urban child, I doubt I’m worth a premium.  —  KMAB]
 

 

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The difference between love and happiness is that those who talk about love tend to be in love, but those who talk about happiness tend to be not happy.
 

—  Nassim Nicholas Taleb
from his book: “The Bed Of Procrustes

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Just as there are authors who enjoy having written and others who enjoy writing, there are books you enjoy reading and others you enjoy having read.
 

—   Nassim Nicholas Taleb
from his book: “The Bed Of Procrustes

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Shall I tell you what knowledge is?  It is to know both what one knows and what one does not know.
 

—  Confucius
 

Karl Marx, a visionary, figured out that you can control a slave much better by convincing him he is an employee.
 

—   Nassim Nicholas Taleb
from his book: “The Bed Of Procrustes
 

 

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