Antifragile: how to live in a world we don’t understand

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Host: LSE
Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London WC2A 2AE
Speaker: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Taleb believes that many of the best and most successful systems in the world (such as evolution) have antifragility at their heart. Conversely, those systems which reject antifragility and suppress volatility (such as modern politics and banking) become weaker and less able to withstand the inevitable shocks – the major tragedy of modernity, according to Taleb. But antifragility is not simply an antidote to “black swan events”. Taleb believes that understanding antifragility makes us less fearful in accepting the role of these events as necessary for history, technology, knowledge and everything.

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested.


Nassim Nicholas Taleb spends most of his time as a flâneur, meditating in cafés across the planet. A former trader, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University. He is the author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan, an international bestseller which has become an intellectual, social and cultural touchstone. This event marks the publication of his new book, Antifragile.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSETaleb

Members of the public, LSE staff, students and alumni can request one ticket via the LSE website which will be live after 10pm on Monday 26 November until at least 12noon on Tuesday 27 November. 

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