The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

The Bed of Procrustes is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb?s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don?t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and Antifragile. By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this col The Bed of Procrustes is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb?s landmark Incerto series, an investigation...

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Title:The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
Author:Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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ISBN:The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:128 pages pages

The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms Reviews

  • Kim
    Dec 12, 2012
    The Bed of Procrustes taught me a great deal about what inspires and angers Taleb, significantly less about what inspires and angers me, and almost nothing at all about the world. (I think "The person you are most afraid to contradict is yourself" is one of the only aphorisms that enco...
  • Sabra Embury
    Dec 27, 2010
    Taleb received a $4 million advance to write this book of aphorisms as a follow-up to the Black Swan. Some of my favorites: Academia is to knowledge what prostitution is to love; close enough on the surface but, to the nonsucker, not exactly the same thing. I suspect that they...
  • Jon Cone
    Feb 07, 2011
    This book of aphorisms has an introduction, in which the myth of Procrustes is told, and concludes with an essay which begins, "The general theme of my work is the limitation of human knowledge." Both introduction and concluding essay strike me as special pleading. Aphorisms need no de...
  • Marcus
    Apr 28, 2011
    Taleb is fascinating. How does a guy who relentlessly attacks the credibility of economists and academics get invited to speak in front of them so often? He's utterly arrogant and abrasive, yet he has a certain appeal that is difficult to explain. Part of it undoubtedly stems from his ...
  • Kirsti
    May 24, 2011
    Wow, what a douche nozzle. This guy claims he has to take a ritual bath after talking with journalists, apparently because journalists are so . . . well . . . not remotely like Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The repeated uses of the terms "sucker" and "loser" also grated. But I suppose a kind ...
  • C. Varn
    Jan 25, 2016
    Taleb has made a living showing lack of robustness and fragility in our use of knowledge. Indeed, Taleb's discussion and prediction of the fiscal crises of the late aughts was totally earned, and he was aptly able to show in "The Black Swan" and "Fooled by Randomness" that epistemologi...
  • Richard
    Nov 01, 2012
    I liked two other Taleb books, so naturally I expected to like this book as well. And I did for the first 8 pages or so with aphorisms like "Procrastination is the soul rebelling against entrapment" and "If your anger decreases with time, you did injustice; if it increases, you suffere...
  • Anca
    Feb 11, 2016
    The Bed of Procrustes is a beautiful collection of aphorisms, best absorbed if already familiar with Nassim Nicholas Taleb through some of his other books. They all touch upon uncertainty and the limitations of knowledge (and the qualities of the unknown) but this one is special. This ...
  • Uwe Hook
    Feb 20, 2015
    Though this is the shortest of Taleb's books - and many found it in fact too short - I must say I found it is way too long. It is perhaps unavoidable that, in a collection of aphorisms, every gem of truth should be countered by many other statements that are trivial, flat or, even, unt...
  • Khalid Alnaqbi
    Jun 28, 2014
    Full of wisdom .. and egoism. ...
  • Dujo
    Jun 18, 2014
    A handful of quotes resonated with me but mostly the author's cynical attitude rubbed me the wrong way. I appreciate his rebellious spirit but disagree with him on most issues, especially religion. (And what's with him and economists? He sure does seem to hate a lot of things...) I...
  • PGR Nair
    Oct 31, 2012
    Aphorisms Galore! If for any literary fan, the country Lebanon brings to mind the tender, lyrical and mystical poet Khalil Gibran, we have another compatriot from Lebanon to remember for his scathing, caustic, intelligent and often cynical observations on our society. He is none oth...
  • Dave B.
    Jan 07, 2015
    The Bed of Procrustes was a collection of aphorisms from Taleb that should be read several times before commenting on their insights. (Unfortunately, I am presenting a review after only a single reading, so readers should take my initial review with a grain of salt) Several inserts fro...
  • Santhosh
    May 15, 2014
    Nassim Taleb is definitely not the sort I'd like to get to know personally as I don't agree with about half of his life philosophies. However, in my best Voltaire voice, while I disapprove of what he says, I will defend to the death his right to print it in books and make millions off ...
  • Vagabond of Letters
    May 07, 2017
    **** I averaged about two highlights per page in this weird little book of econo-philosophico-theologico-amoro-logico-legico (anti-)wisdom, and that's enough of a recommendation in itself. The author entitles the book 'Incerto 3', 'incerto' meaning the 'unpredictable' or 'random...
  • Brian
    Dec 05, 2012
    A rare book. It probably has the highest usefulness to character ratio of any book I've found. Not to say that it's super useful, but it is very short. The book is the equivalent of poring over Taleb's blog and twitter account for the past 10 years and picking out the stuff that is ...
  • Ryan Holiday
    Jul 05, 2012
    I would have said it's incredibly unlikely that someone could put together a book of aphorisms during their lifetime that would be worth reading. It's probably fitting that Taleb could beat those odds. This book is theme around the myth of Procrustes--an ancient figure who would stretc...
  • John de' Medici
    Jan 11, 2017
    Have a feeling Academicians and Journalists weren't as psyched for this book... hehe Mr. Taleb comes across arrogant and blatantly unapologetic in this book, but my oh my there is plenty of truth in what he has to say. We all need a slap in the face every once in a while I guess. Th...
  • Yousif Al Zeera
    Oct 20, 2018
    This book is different than Nassim's other books. Aphorisms with a philosophical touch. Suitable for light reading, taking you through a journey of epistemology, ontology, aesthetics, ethics, fragility, ludic fallacy & domain dependence to the sacred & the profane, chance &...
  • Kavity
    Jan 15, 2016
    "One of the problems with social networks is that it is getting harder and harder for others to complain about you behind your back." Great read! ...
  • Lucas Gili
    Jan 01, 2015
    Nassim does have some genuine philosophical points of view, but he only has a few tricks up his sleeve. He just keeps showing you the tricks written in different ways. Nassim is a pseudo intellectual who is flogging a couple of good ideas he has to death. ...
  • Gautham Shenoy
    Oct 14, 2015
    A book of wonderful and witty aphorisms delivered with classic Talebian disdain for the modern Beds of Procrusteus that our societies have been imposing, I.e academia, gyms, corporations, regulatory bodies, which in the name of "standardization" have often chopped off the necessy and e...
  • Alina
    May 13, 2016
    Written after The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, which deals with unexpected and unexpectable life changing events, this book is made of aphorisms about the paradox of fitting everything in a certain individual's (or, quite often, society's) limited patterns and oppin...
  • Nirav Savaliya
    Aug 05, 2015
    A Book full of thought provoking aphorisms, makes you think more and more on all the random activities (which you think are random but to some extent aren't!) that takes place around you everyday. This book changes how you look at people, government, organizations in a completely diffe...
  • Yash Sinojia
    Aug 05, 2015
    This was a book having a Postface instead of a Preface.. A beautiful book full of Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms. The story of 'The Bed of Procrustes' (a Greek myth) is metaphorized in every aphorism in this book. We humans, facing limits of knowledge, and things do not obse...
  • Leopold Benedict
    Aug 11, 2018
    Taleb?s not at his best here. He tried a bit too hard. Still, there are some gems. ...
  • Eℓℓis ♥
    Nov 14, 2018
    Aforismario senza infamia e senza lode. ...
  • Richard Meadows
    Dec 28, 2015
    NN Taleb's arrogance amuses me, but first-time readers may be put off. He has drunk far too much of his own Kool-aid. The Black Swan was indeed excellent, and well worth reading. Antifragile was a bloated mess but still had a great idea at its core. Taleb's delusion is that because...
  • Saeed Ramazany
    Aug 24, 2018
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  • AdamV123
    Sep 02, 2018
    Galaxy-brain after galaxy-brain. I never knew that Arabic philosophy was so funny. ...