THE BED OF PROCRUSTES
PHILOSOPHICAL AND PRACTICAL APHORISMS
- Autor: TALEB, NASSIM NICHOLAS
- Formato: LIVRO
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'The Bed of Procrustes' takes its title from Greek mythology - the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects - modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery. These aphorisms aims to surprise the reader by exposing self-delusions people have been living with but never recognized. Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.