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Gangplank Book Club for September

September's book is, as we are known to do, a real departure from last month's book. Join us on Wednesday, September 10th at 6 PM, as we discuss Nassim Nicholas Taleb's newest book, "Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder."

His general thesis of the book:
With the velocity of change it is impossible to predict if, when and how things will change. Better, then, to create organizations and platforms that benefit from disorder and change (antifragile) than ones that are broken or made obsolete (fragile).
Taleb says, "The antifragile loves randomness and uncertainty, which also means - crucially - a love of errors, a certain class of errors. Antifragility has a singular property of allowing us to deal with the unknown, to do things without understanding them – – and do them well. Let me be more aggressive: we are largely better at doing that we are thinking, thanks to antifragility. I'd rather be dumb and anti-fragile and extremely smart and fragile, anytime."

The New York Times says, "Mr. Taleb — who has worked as a derivatives trader and quantitative analyst, and who holds the title of distinguished professor of risk engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University — writes with great certainty and vigor. At his best he serves up provocative theories that encourage us to look at the world anew. He reminds us of the limits of Enlightenment reason, goads us into thinking about why small might be less fragile than big (a rule, he implies, that applies to animals and corporations alike) and gives us a renewed appreciation of practical knowledge (of the sort possessed by engineers and entrepreneurs) as opposed to the sort of academic knowledge acquired in school."

Here's his talk at an "Authors at Google" talk he gave on the book:
http://youtu.be/S3REdLZ8Xis

Remember. . .ours is a "no-guilt" book club, so you don't have to read the book to join in. Again, join us on Wednesday, September 10th at 6 PM, as we discuss Nassim Nichola

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