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The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Setting & Symbolism

Nassim Taleb
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Randomness

Randomness was identified as the key feature of the world in which we live. From randomness arose Black Swan events, and this was shown to be a condition that will go on, for all practical considerations, forever.

Mediocristan

Mediocristan was a fictional place in which most people have believed we existed. Although Black Swan events could happen in Mediocristan, they were considered rare.

Extremistan

Extremistan was a fictional place in which the author believed we existed. Black Swan events were expected to happen frequently, and the way to handle them was to anticipate, prepare and practice empirical skepticism.

Society of Judgment and Decision

The Society of Judgment and Decision was described as the only organization that the author felt was worthwhile to join. This was due to the Society's understanding of empirical skepticism.

France

The author lived in France after leaving Lebanon. Here he met Benoit Mandelbrot...

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