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The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gildan Audio
Publication date November 8, 2011
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781596597617
ISBN-10 1596597615
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.75 by 5 in.
Weight 0.22 lbs.
Original list price $19.98
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: By the author of the modern classis The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect.

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 Nassim Nicholas 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.

Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized.

With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.

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Hardcover
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from Random House Inc (November 30, 2010)
9781400069972 | details & prices | 112 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.56 lbs | List price $18.00
Paperback
Book cover for 9780812982404
 
Reprint edition from Random House Inc (October 25, 2016)
9780812982404 | details & prices | 176 pages | List price $16.00
CD/Spoken Word
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Unabridged edition from Gildan Audio (November 8, 2011)
9781596597617 | details & prices | 5.75 × 5.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.22 lbs | List price $19.98
About: By the author of the modern classis The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect.

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