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Antifragile: How to make an unstable world strong - opinion - 23 November 2012 - New Scientist

Antifragile: How to make an unstable world strong - opinion - 23 November 2012 - New Scientist | Living | Scoop.it

Can we exploit the fact that life is unpredictable, chaotic, full of shocks and disasters? Trader turned scholar Nassim Nicholas Taleb has a bold idea

In your new book you talk about things being "antifragile". What do you mean exactly?
When you ask people what is the opposite of fragile, they mostly answer something that is resilient or unbreakable - an unbreakable package would be robust. However, the opposite of fragile is something that actually gains from disorder. In the book, I classify things into fragile, robust or antifragile.

Can you give me some examples?
Nature builds things that are antifragile. In the case of evolution, nature uses disorder to grow stronger. Occasional starvation or going to the gym also makes you stronger, because you subject your body to stressors and gain from them. Another example is the restaurant industry. It benefits from the fact that individual restaurants are fragile by exploiting their mistakes as it tries to figure out why a particular restaurant went bust. Trial and error is an antifragile activity.

 


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What's Driving College Costs Higher? : NPR

What's Driving College Costs Higher? : NPR | Living | Scoop.it
College is now four times more expensive than it was 20 years ago, pushing student loan debt over $1 trillion.
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Get It Right

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Transformation Pics – A Motivating Blog Spot So you’re not a glamorous movie star or a top-performing professional athlete – there’s more of “us” out there than there are of “them...
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How to Back Up and Move a WordPress Blog

How to Back Up and Move a WordPress Blog | Living | Scoop.it

Sometimes you’ll need to move your blog from one host to another. It’s a bit of a pain and might seem a daunting task if you’ve never done it before.

 

But transferring a site is a fairly straightforward process that you can do yourself with an FTP program and this step-by-step guide.

 

Before trying the DIY method, it’s worth checking to see whether your new hosting company offers a site transfer service for new customers. Many do—but check whether there’s a cost involved. I’ve seen free services for this, but I’ve also seen prices around $300!

 

If you just need to learn how to make a simple backup of your posts, and don’t need to move hosts, take a look at this ProBlogger post.

 

But if you’re ready to back up and move your blog, let’s do it.

 

What you need to begin

 

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Infographic: Why Don't Americans Recycle? - Environment - GOOD

Infographic: Why Don't Americans Recycle? - Environment - GOOD | Living | Scoop.it
Just half of Americans recycle daily, and 13 percent don't recycle at all.
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Potential School Sports Cuts Would Hit Students on Many Levels - New America Media

Potential School Sports Cuts Would Hit Students on Many Levels - New America Media | Living | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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Andes Creme de Menthe Chunk Cookies

Andes Creme de Menthe Chunk Cookies | Living | Scoop.it
Clearly my attention span rivals that of my cat because there was much more to yesterdays post that I completely forgot about until later in the day...
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