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Get the Summary of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Fooled By Randomness in 20 minutes. Please note: This is a summary & not the original book. Original book introduction: Randomness is everywhere and involved in almost everything, especially politics and the economy. Presidents foolishly boast about all the jobs that "he created", when it was only the chance of the market. Our belief that we owe our success to our own abilities, instead of recognizing most of our success comes from chance, is just another primitive superstition from our ancient past, the author argues. The human mind all too often sees elephants in the clouds, when it's really just water vapors that happen to have randomly assumed shapes we associate with elephants for a brief period of time.

The author is particularly critical of the literary mind, which is trained to see meaning where there is only noise. The literary mind is so obsessed with meaning that it extracts all sorts of meanings from obscure passages and insignificant events that have nothing to do with those meanings at all. They see the intent of an author where it was clearly only random, such as a minute word choice or the placement of a certain imagery.

Get the Summary of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Fooled By Randomness in 20 minutes. Please note: This is a summary & not the original book. Original book introduction: Randomness is everywhere and involved in almost everything, especially politics and the economy. Presidents foolishly boast about all the jobs that "he created", when it was only the chance of the market. Our belief that we owe our success to our own abilities, instead of recognizing most of our success comes from chance, is just another primitive superstition from our ancient past, the author argues. The human mind all too often sees elephants in the clouds, when it's really just water vapors that happen to have randomly assumed shapes we associate with elephants for a brief period of time.

The author is particularly critical of the literary mind, which is trained to see meaning where there is only noise. The literary mind is so obsessed with meaning that it extracts all sorts of meanings from obscure passages and insignificant events that have nothing to do with those meanings at all. They see the intent of an author where it was clearly only random, such as a minute word choice or the placement of a certain imagery.


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