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|Title: The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms|
By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 7.88 X 5.25 (inches)|
Weight: 2 pounds
Stock No: WW069972
By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect.
The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Talebs view of modern civilizations hubristic side effectsmodifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery.
Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized.
With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.
"Talebs crystalline nuggets of thought stand alone like esoteric poems."Financial Times
Talebs books have been published in forty-one languages.
"The most prophetic voice of all." GQ
"The hottest thinker in the world." Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times (London)
"[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne." The Wall Street Journal
"Idiosyncratically brilliant." Niall Ferguson, Los Angeles Times
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