I belong to a book club and the book for next month is The Black Swan by Taleb. I can’t find too much information on the book so I thought I would ask you ,“the forum” ,for anything they know about the book. If it is anti-christian I don’t want to read it & won’t bother purchasing it. Thank you ahead of time.
Here’s a link from Amazon about the book (scroll down).
from the review:
Four hundred years ago, Francis Bacon warned that our minds are wired to deceive us. “Beware the fallacies into which undisciplined thinkers most easily fall–they are the real distorting prisms of human nature.” Chief among them: “Assuming more order than exists in chaotic nature.” Now consider the typical stock market report: “Today investors bid shares down out of concern over Iranian oil production.” Sigh. We’re still doing it.
Our brains are wired for narrative, not statistical uncertainty. And so we tell ourselves simple stories to explain complex thing we don’t–and, most importantly, can’t–know. The truth is that we have no idea why stock markets go up or down on any given day, and whatever reason we give is sure to be grossly simplified, if not flat out wrong.
Sounds pretty interesting, actually.
Given our current circumstances, I think The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness by Taleb should be required reading.