Review: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I began listening to The Black Swan in my car as I was finishing up Thinking Fast and Slow on my iPod. They are deeply interconnected (and the authors regularly reference one another) so where one ends and the other begins is extremely hard for me to remember. However, they were both powerful tomes on the nature of certainty, knowledge, and decision making. In both cases, the authors do much to reconsider the ways in which we conceive of ourselves in the decision-making process that undermines "common sense." I find this increasingly important and relevant because I often see the call to rely on "common sense" for something that usually requires anything but common sense.

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