Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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Title : Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
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ISBN : 0241300657
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Ryan rated it ★★★☆☆

March 05, 2018

Skin in the Game is at the same time thought-provoking and original but also contradictory and sometimes absurd. Let’s start with the cons: 1. I certainly won’t be the first to notice that Taleb can be mean-spirited. But why does he insist on presenting his views in this way? The communication of...

Nilesh rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 01, 2018

SITG is an angry rant. It lacks structure. The core message - mainly because of the author’s often misplaced and wrong arguments against his self-created adversaries - is never examined beyond the title’s most known or intuitive conventional meaning. The basic concept is at least as old as the ad...

Magnus rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 22, 2018

Pop-science in it's lowest form. Book reads like a poorly researched, hastily written college essay. Strings together a few nuggets of common sense wisdom with sizeable amounts of unreferenced BS. Taleb is a shark, living off a reputation and using his own fanbase like an ATM.

Ivank rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 04, 2018

In this book #4, Taleb is more arrogant and pretentious than ever. You can never let go of the feeling that this book is about him, rather than any other topic. He's become profoundly obnoxious and negative. Despite some good points in the book, reading it feels like carrying a burden. In this ne...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

March 16, 2018

I like Taleb's books while hating his politics. I like that he says what he thinks is true and doesn't care who he pisses off. He is also right about a lot of things. He is on target with his jibes at chattering classes who no skin in the game and blythly go on about issues that they will lose no...

Gaurav rated it ★★★☆☆

February 27, 2018

Aah, Taleb. I have read all his non-technical books at least twice, so of course it was with great enthusiasm that I bought this... SITG. Bit of a bummer. SITG has some great insights, but most of them were shared on his Twitter account, and his posts on Medium. That is: (SITG book - Previous works...

Muwaffaq rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 26, 2018

I wanted to like this and I certainly did at the beginning. All of his insults are complex, original and amusing but he insults so many people so frequently that the process itself becomes tedious. I do enjoy his historical anecdotes, but again there are a large volume of them, and not always obv...

Daniel rated it ★★★☆☆

February 24, 2018

Taleb should know by now that, according to Lindy effect, he should respect the canonical writing style and analysis schemes he tries to avoid. Less new ideas and more off-topic resentful digression. His message keeps being interesting. However, Jordan B. Peterson has been able to distil it in a m...

Gints rated it ★★★★★

March 01, 2018

Hey, another one who doesn't give a fuck. NNT is a bit of a diva, and it is obvious that he has some beef with a lot of people. He certainly sounds right. But is he? I don't know. The book revolves around the notion that people not having skin in the game will fuck us up, somehow. Turns out that...

Lucas rated it ★★★★★

February 28, 2018

Love this book. Much smaller in number of words than his others, but equally dense if not more so with ideas. It’s a great compliment to the rest of his books and ties his ideas together well. I’ve heard a lot of otherwise smart people criticize Taleb as trying to sound smart without saying anyth...

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