随机漫步的傻瓜 | Fooled by Randomness (Incerto #1) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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随机漫步的傻瓜 | Fooled by Randomness (Incerto #1) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This book is about luck–or more precisely, about how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill–the world of trading–Fooled by Randomness provides captivating insight into one of the least understood factors in all our lives. Writing in an entertaining narrative style, the author tackles major intellectual issues related to the underestimation of the influence of happenstance on our lives.

The book is populated with an array of characters, some of whom have grasped, in their own way, the significance of chance: the baseball legend Yogi Berra; the philosopher of knowledge Karl Popper; the ancient world’s wisest man, Solon; the modern financier George Soros; and the Greek voyager Odysseus. We also meet the fictional Nero, who seems to understand the role of randomness in his professional life but falls victim to his own superstitious foolishness.

However, the most recognizable character of all remains unnamed–the lucky fool who happens to be in the right place at the right time–he embodies the “survival of the least fit.” Such individuals attract devoted followers who believe in their guru’s insights and methods. But no one can replicate what is obtained by chance.

Are we capable of distinguishing the fortunate charlatan from the genuine visionary? Must we always try to uncover nonexistent messages in random events? It may be impossible to guard ourselves against the vagaries of the goddess Fortuna, but after reading Fooled by Randomness we can be a little better prepared.

塔勒布在《随机漫步的傻瓜》中指出:你的成功不见得是因为比其他人高明,而很可能是运气的结果。

开劳斯莱斯的摇滚乐手、把印象派画作抬到天价的投机客,拥有私人飞机的企业家和牙医相比,哪一个更富有?答案可能让你吃惊:牙医。因为他的职业生涯几乎没有什么风险,可能出现的灾难少之又少,也不会像投机客和企业家那样垮台,所以,牙医其实相当富有。

塔勒布生活的最大特点是不确定性,随机现象比比皆是,大起大落常常发生在须臾之间。当随机性的黑天鹅出现时,你可能一夜暴富,也可能在一次失误中回到原点。但我们天生倾向于忽视低概率事件的可能性,无论这些事件会引发多大的灾难。《随机漫步的傻瓜》以深刻独到的视角,告诉你这个随机世界的规律和运行方式。随机性虽然无法避免,但我们可以学着接受它。就像在投资市场上,如果一个小概率事件可以带来巨额回报,为什么不在这个事件上持续下注呢?换一种思维方式,做“随机漫步的傻瓜”,我们对人生的了解无疑将大为增进。

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