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SKEPTICS IN THE BACK ROOM-Book Group - Black Swan - Author Nassim Nicholas Tabb

This is also a social event, so please come along even if you have not managed to read the book.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable is a literary/philosophical book by the epistemologist Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The book focuses on the extreme impact of certain kinds of rare and unpredictable events (outliers) and humans' tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events retrospectively. This theory has since become known as the black swan theory.

The book also covers subjects relating to knowledge, aesthetics, and ways of life, and uses elements of fiction in making its points.

The first edition appeared in 2007 and was a commercial success. It spent 36 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.[1] The second, expanded edition appeared in 2010.


The Southsider will give us free food if the numbers reach 15. This event is also advertised on the Skeptics Facebook page and website, so I'll update the numbers here so that it's clear as to how many will be there.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I really wish I could have made it yesterday, not least because I suggested the book in the first place. I hope a few made it as I think Taleb has a lot of important things to say in that book.

    June 24, 2013

  • Alan

    sorry unable to make it today

    June 23, 2013

  • Alan

    sorry not gonna make this now, was looking forward to it aswell

    June 23, 2013

  • Andrew

    Almost completed reading book, but too many personal committments to come along to Southsider. Sorry.

    June 22, 2013

    • Dawn

      Don't worry about that, others will probably have quite a few themselves. It's all about discussing, so please come along.

      June 23, 2013

  • sam

    Read a long time ago. Enjoyed, good to remind myself of wisdom.

    June 5, 2013

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