The black swan : the impact of the highly improbable /

by Taleb, Nassim Nicholas Edition statement:1. ed Published by : Random House (New York) Physical details: xxviii, 366 s. ill. 25 cm ISBN:9780812979183 (Pbk); 1400063515 (acid-free paper); 9781400063512 (acid-free paper). Year: 2007
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Pocketutg., 2008

Includes bibliographical references (p. [331]-358) and index

Umberto Eco's antilibrary, or how we seek validation. The apprenticeship of an empirical skeptic ; Yevgenia's black swan ; The speculator and the prostitute ; One thousand and one days, or how not to be a sucker ; Confirmation shmonfirmation! ; The narrative fallacy ; Living in the antechamber of hope ; Giacomo Casanova's unfailing luck : the problem of silent evidence ; The Ludic fallacy, or the uncertainty of the nerd -- We just can't predict. The scandal of prediction ; How to look for bird poop ; Epistemocracy, a dream ; Appelles the Painter, or what do you do if you cannot predict? -- Those gray swans of Extremistan. From Mediocristan to Extremistan and back ; The bell curve, that great intellectual fraud ; The aesthetics of randomness ; Locke's madmen, or bell curves in the wrong places ; The uncertainty of the phony -- The end. Half and half, or how to get even with the black swan -- Epilogue : Yevgenia's white swans

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