Things That Gain from Disorder
Antifragile is about the things in life that improve—and actually thrive—when subjected to stress, uncertainty, and disorder… Just like your muscles thrive and strengthen when they’re subjected to stressful situations, such as an intense weight-lifting session. Just like scandals and rumors have a propensity to spread like wild-fire when people try to cover them up, or how riots and protests get even bigger when they’re repressed — there’s a wide category of other things in life that also benefit from this kind of chaos, disorder, and volatility. This category is what author Nassim Taleb refers to as the “antifragile.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader, and risk analyst, whose work focuses on problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty.