Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (29 January)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly event in which particpants share excerpts from their current reads. Play along at Should Be Reading!

Now we aim -- after some work -- to connect in the reader's mind, with a single thread, elements seemingly far apart, such as Cato the Elder, Nietzsche, Thales of Milteus, the potency of the system of city-states, the sustainability of artisans  the process of discovery, the onesidedness of opacity, financial derivatives  antibiotic resistance, bottoms-up systems, Socrates' invitation to overrationalize, how to lecture birds, obsessive love, Darwinian evolution, the mathematical concept of Jensen's inequality, optionality and option theory, the idea of ancestral heuristics, the works of Joseph de Maistre and Edmund Burke, Wittgenstein's anti-rationalism, the fraudulent theories of the economics establishment  tinkering and bricolage, terrorism exacerbated by death of its members, an apologia for artisan societies, the ethical flaws of the middle class, Paleo-style workouts (and nutrition), the idea of medical iatrogenics, the glorious notion of the magnificent (megalopsychon), my obsession with the idea of convexity (and my phobia of concavity), the late-2000s banking and economic crises, the misunderstanding of redundancy, the difference between tourist and flaneur, etc. All in one single -- and, I am certain, simple, -- thread.

p. 20, Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder, Nassim Nicholas Taleb.


  1. You know, the author might have added a few too many examples to keep the reader following the train of thought ;)

  2. Reminds me of a book I read in college, The Great Chain of Being.
    Nice teaser. Here's mine: Dearest Rose

  3. Hard to believe that's just two sentences -- but it is! I'll confess that I found myself skimming that list.


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