Antifragility

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Things can become better as a result of risk and failure.

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While things or systems typically take damage from shocks and distortions, antifragility describes the ability to grow from such impacts.

While robustness and resilience are concepts that describe how things can withstand randomness, uncertainty or failure, 'antifragility' means that things, systems or even people can literally benefit in such contexts.

Antifragility was popularized by statistician and philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb and is being applied in computer science, physics, engineering, urban planning and many other fields.

On a personal level, antifragility refers to the ability to learn from smaller errors, correct course and respond to shocks with an increase in ability and capacity.

“How can you think yourself a great man, when the first accident that comes along can wipe you out completely.”

— Euripides

Explore

➞ In this one-hour talk, Nassim Taleb explains the concept in a more technical way (especially the Q&A at the end is insightful).

This Wikipedia article gives a great overview of the concept in general.

Resources

If this idea resonates with you, some of these resources might add value to your life.

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Predictably Irrational
Book
Dan Ariely
Thinking Fast And Slow
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Daniel Kahnemann
Factfulness
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Hans Rosling
The Sovereign Individual
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James Dale Davidson
VSI: Thinking & Reasoning
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Jonathan Evans
Antifragility
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Nassim Taleb
Skin In The Game
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Nassim Taleb
Fooled By Randomness
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Nassim Taleb
Principles
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Ray Dalio
59 Seconds - Think A Little Change A Lot
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Richard Wiseman
The Great Mental Models (vol. 2)
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Shane Parrish
The Great Mental Models (vol. 1)
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Shane Parrish
Enlightenment Now
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Steven Pinker
21 Lessons For The 21st Century
Book
Yuval Noah Harari
Paul Graham
Blog
Paul Graham
Farnam Street
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Shane Parrish
Lesswrong
Blog
Edge.org
Blog
Untools.co
Blog
The Systems Thinker
Blog
Modern Wisdom
Podcast
Christ Williamson
You Are Not So Smart
Podcast
David McRaney
The Portal
Podcast
Eric Weinstein
Lex Fridman Podcast
Podcast
Lex Fridman
The Knowledge Project
Podcast
Shane Parrish
Philosophize This!
Podcast
Stephen West
Conversations With Tyler
Podcast
Tyler Cowen
Philosophy For Our Times
Podcast
Hidden Brain
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Kurzgesagt
YouTube Channel
TED-ed
YouTube Channel
Crash Course: Statistics
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3Blue1Brown
YouTube Channel
Quanta Magazine
YouTube Channel
Primer
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Veritasium
YouTube Channel
Talks at Google
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Vsauce
YouTube Channel
Brilliant.org
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